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.

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“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 

Siphelele Mthembu’s future is shrouded in uncertainty following coach Kwanele Kopo’s exit from the Motsepe Foundation Championship side Pretoria Callies.

Mthembu joined The Romans in December 2022 after having been released by AmaZulu. In fact, the veteran striker was roped in to help Callies avoid relegation.

The former Kaizer Chiefs enjoyed a prolific six-month stint with the Tshwane outfit. He scored five goals in 14 appearances across all competitions and helped them survive relegation.

However, now, a LimSportsZone insider at the club has revealed that the former Orlando Pirates goal-poacher faces uncertainty about his life at the club.

Siphelele Mthembu's future at Pretoria Callies uncertain after Kwanele Kopo's departure
Kwanele Kopo

SIPHELELE MTHEMBU UNSURE OF HIS LIFE AT PRETORIA CALLIES

This publication’s informant has stated that the departure of Kopo could put Mthembu’s life in danger. It is understood that there are no any sort of ongoing discussions between the player and the club.

“It’s complicated, remember he was recommended to the team by coach Kopo to help him fight the relegation battle. Now he has left, it becomes a problem,” said the insider.

“The management is quiet now. So, he is unsure of his life at the club. If they wanted him to continue, they could have started to negotiate, but there’s nothing at the moment.

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“I think a few players will be released and Mthembu could be one of them. But all that will be confirmed when the new coach arrives.”

Mthembu’s contract with Callies is set to end at the end of this month.
It remains to be seen whether the 35-year-old will extend his stay at the Romans or will have to search for a new home next season.

But this publication also understands that the Callies’ management is adamant, believing they still need the services of Mthembu who was affected by injuries during his short period at the club.

By Clifton Mabasa