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Ivan Minnaert appointed Black Leopards assistant coach

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Ivan Minnaert has been appointed assistant coach of South Africa’s National First Division side Black Leopards on a three-year deal.

Ivan joins the Limpopo based side from Guinean top division outfit Association Sportive Kaloum (ASK).

“They want promotion and that’s the reason they called me to help the coach and staff,” the former AFC Leopards (Kenya) and Djoliba (Mali) tactician told Soka25east.

The Belgian took over at ASK from Rwanda’s Mukura Victory Sports in June this year to help the 13-times Guinea champions avoid relegation, a challenge he passed.

He however did not agree with the club’s board on new season’s targets that included winning the league and had to part ways.

Black Leopards famously known as “Lidoda Duvha” were relegated in the 2012/13 Premium Soccer League season for the second time and have since tried unsuccessfully to regain topflight status.

Ivan will be assisting fellow Belgian Jean Francois .

The team is currently placed 12th in the 16-team league with ten points after nine fixtures and have only won twice.

Their  immediate task will be to steer the team in the league on the road to Jomo Cosmos Sunday.

About Bonface Osano

African Football Writer contributing @Soka25east | Commentator; appeared on @MySoccerAfrica, @KweseSports, @ntvkenya, others | Keen follower of African Football. E-mail: bonfaceosano@gmail.com

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