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DIFFICULT working conditions are the reason why Jean Losciuto opted to amicably part ways with National First Division (NFD) team Black Leopards, says the Belgian coach.

“Working conditions had become unbearable,”  he told SunSport.

The ex-Anges FC and Nyanza FC head mentor was replaced by his compatriot Ivan Minnaert on a three-year deal on Wednesday, mere hours after Losciuto had parted ways with the Limpopo outfit.

Leopards have had a terrible start to their NFD campaign. They have registered only two victories in 10 matches and the Venda side are fourth from bottom on 10 points.
Losciuto said he was not surprised by the management’s decision to end the relationship. 

Cracks had started to show before the start of the promotion play-offs in June, when the coach was allegedly accused of stabbing the club in the back by signing a pre-contract with Free State Stars.  

Explained Losciuto: “I spoke to the chairman (David Thidiela) to rather have a mutual agreement (to terminate the contract) because I don’t want to work in such difficult conditions. When I was asked to be released, maybe it was an honour.”

Losciuto insists Lidoda Duvha’s performance is not that bad: “I analysed Leopards’ games and realised that they play good football. 

“We did well against Highlands (lost 1-0) as we created clear cut scoring chances, but their goalkeeper was good. They had only one chance and buried it. Losing to Jomo Cosmos (2-1) doesn’t make us a bad team.”

Despite the setback, Losciuto believes he has done enough to find another job in Mzansi.

“I will be in South Africa for one or two weeks with my family. My agent is looking for something for me and if I don’t get anything, I will move. 

“I won’t panic because this is not the first time I find myself in such a situation.”

However, a Leopards official who asked to remain anonymous told SunSport that Losciuto’s heart was not in his job at the club any more.

Said the official: “He won only one out of eight matches and we could not afford more slip-ups because this is business. How can you sign a contract with another club while still contracted? 

“This was a sign that he was no longer interested in coaching here.” 

Meanwhile, Minnaert told SunSport he knows what’s at stake and was ready to help Lidoda Duvha return to the PSL following an absence of four seasons.

Said Minnaert: “My mandate is to get promotion. I am satisfied with what I have seen. 

“The player mentality and attitude is right, intensity is important and we are working well, which is what I want.”

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