Masutha confirms Leopards departure, reveals his reason

Joel Masutha, coach of Black Leopards during the Absa Premiership

Head coach Joel Masutha has confirmed his departure from Black Leopards and has revealed the reason. Masutha who has had several stints with Leopards, re-joined the club in December 2021, but now the relationship between the two parties is history.

After the former goalkeeper struggled to maintain the club’s form, and with the club’s league status now in danger, Leopards have taken action. Masutha and his assistant coach Morgan Shivambu, together with goalkeeper coach Sam Banda, were reported to have been put on a temporary suspension a few weeks back.

However, Masutha has denied the suspension, insisting that it was “speculation”, until now, when he has decided to step down, because of personal reasons, according to the coach.

The former Chippa United mentor has indicated that he resigned from his duties, as he wanted to focus on furthering his coaching qualifications.

“Yes, we have parted ways, I have resigned,” Masutha confirmed to ThisIsFootball.Africa.

“I want to focus on education, I intend to do some coaching qualifications. I felt that with the team where it is now, it will be unfair, it will be like I’m stealing. I think the team needs someone who will be fully focused.

“I just want to further my qualifications because it’s been a while without doing anything. There was no suspension, it was just people speculating. There was nothing at all, I was busy with planning my life and all these things in relation to my coaching education.

“People just assumed that I was suspended. I also heard about it. Nobody called me to confirm, it was purely speculation.”

Nonetheless, The Prophet, as he is affectionately known in  football circles, has said that he is available if any coaching offer comes along, as long as the management allows him to also focus on his education.

“If the team will allow me to go and do my courses at any given time, I will consider taking the job, but if not, then I won’t take that risk because I want to be amongst the coaches who have proper qualifications,” said Masutha.

“I have experience in coaching, but when you have some qualifications, it puts you in a good position to get a job.” Lidoda Duvha are third from the bottom of the Motsepe Foundation Championship table, tied in ten points with 15th placed Venda Football Academy after 11 games played so far.

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Joel Masutha, coach of Black Leopards during the Absa Premiership
Joel Masutha, coach of Black Leopards during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Supersport United and Black Leopards at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville on 23 September 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix