Spanish coach, Alejandro Dorado has resigned from his role as Black Leopards head coach, LimSportsZone has learnt.

Leopards and Dorado parted ways just after only three matches into the 2023/2024 Motsepe Foundation Championship campaign. Dorado leaves the club after joining the PSL side at the beginning of the season.

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This comes after Lidoda Duvha slumped to a 2-0 defeat to the league’s newbies, Orbit College. This was in front of a huge number of their spectators at Giant Stadium on Sunday.

Overall, the Spanish coach has lost two matches and drawn one game with the Limpopo team.

Leopards are now in position 15 in the National First Division table, just a point ahead of struggling Milford FC, who bought the status of Uthongathi this season.


LimSportsZone understands that assistant coach Peter Mponda has already taken over as he was in charge of the Monday training session.

Mponda, who spent seven years with Lidoda Duvha during his playing career, had joined the club as an assistant coach to Dorado at the beginning of the season.

The Malawian international coach and Leopards are preparing for their fourth match. It will be the Limpopo derby against Magesi FC next Saturday at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.

By Clifton Mabasa

Black Leopards chairman Tshifhiwa “Chief” Thidiela was involved in an angry confrontation with the club’s fans following their defeat to Orbit College.

Lidoda Duvha slumped to a 2-0 defeat to the Motsepe Foundation Championship newbies, Orbit College, in front of a huge number of their spectators at Giant Stadium.

The loss kept the Limpopo side in second spot from the bottom of the table, just a point ahead of struggling Milford FC, who sit 16th.


Coach Alejandro Dorado joined the PSL club at the beginning of the season and has lost two and drawn one match out of three games so far.

And unfortunately, with results not fourth-coming, following his side’s latest painful loss at Giant Stadium, supporters have started to lose patience.

Plenty of angry fans confronted Thidiela after the match and shouted at him, saying they wanted the coach to start delivering positive results.

One of the fans, according to this publication’s insider at the stadium, said:
“We are tired of these results, we want changes. We spent a lot to come to support this team,” provoking a furious reaction.


As a result, a very frustrated Thidiela had to condemn the supporters’ conduct hastily. According to one supporter who asked to remain anonymous, Thidiela made harsh remarks directed at Leopards’ fans.

“I spent a lot of money on this team, I also feel the pain of losing,” Thidiela said.

“I spend a lot from my pocket, so you (supporters) cannot say anything because I spend more than anyone.”

Leopards, who were relegated from the Motsepe Foundation Championship last season, brought their way back to the league after purchasing the status of All Stars.

The Spanish coach, Dorado, and his troops will have to revise their mistakes going to the fourth match against Magesi in the Limpopo derby next Saturday at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.

By Clifton Mabasa

After his first official match in South Africa, Black Leopards head coach Alejandro Dorado has pointed out the differences between African and European players.

Dorado’s Leopards played out to a goalless draw against Pretoria Callies in their league opener at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT Stadium) on Friday afternoon.

The Spanish mentor was appointed as Leopards coach after the club bought the Motsepe Foundation Championship status of All-Stars following their relegation last season.

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Before coming to South Africa to take charge of Lidoda Duvha, Dorado was formerly with Real Madrid youth team as their coach. He also had an assistant coach stint in Canadian club, HFX Wanderers.

Despite being happy with his side’s performance against Callies, the 38-year-old tactician said South African players need to apply composure in the final third.

“It’s the same in most parts of the world, the differences are the players. Players are always different everywhere, in China, in Spain, Finland or Canada,” Dorado told LimSportsZone.


“But, African, more especially South African Players are skillful. They have the strength to make things happen. But I think they need to calm themselves in the last part of the pitch.

“Because as South African Players, if they can understand this thing of being calm and pass the ball calmly, everything will be fine when they are in the final third.

“I saw Bonginkosi (Makanya), Thabang (Mabena), Vincent (Mashego) and others wanting to play it forward, this is the big difference I am seeing. So they need to calm down, pass, pass and the rest will follow.”

The Spanish coach with his troops will face Casric Stars at Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday, 02 September. 

By Clifton Mabasa