RODWELL Dhlakama now has someone to report to within the Black Leopards technical department.
His name is Johnny Ferreira and has been named as the club’s new head coach.
Dhlakama will be the senior coach.
The 65-year-old Ferreira recently parted ways with Leopard’s rivals Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) in the Motsepe Foundation Championship.
And it did not take a week before Lidoda Duvha lured him to Malamulele to beef up their technical team. And, he says, he is here to help Dhlakama.
“As far as Rodwell and I working together, I did talk to him and I told him he must not feel threatened.
“He doesn’t have to feel left out.
“I am a very open-minded person by nature but we got to do what is best for the club.”
He said when he left TTM, his next move was to join Black Leopards.
“I decided not to stay at TTM and within 24 hours I made contact with Mr David Thidiela,” Ferreira explained to FARPost.
“He [Thidiela] and I go a long way back in 1992 when he was still doing the security at FNB.
“I have always wanted to coach Black Leopards; it has been one of my dreams.
“I do believe it’s a sleeping giant of South African football; I do believe they can be as big as Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns.
“We are going to try 100% to get Black Leopards into the top three as soon as possible.
“The chairman wants this club in the PSL; he told me many times in the last 48 hours that he wants this club in the DStv Premiership.
“He doesn’t care how we get there but he wants to get back into the top league.”
He said there will be challenges along the way.
“I have given Mr Thidiela (club owner) the undertaking and guarantee that I will help and guide him,” said Ferreira.
“We will bump heads but we will find solutions to whatever the problems are,” he said. – Sports Reporter/FARPost