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CONFIRMED : Retired Ex-Pirates Star Has Moved To Venda

When you are a professional footballer or a professional soccer coach, one has to be prepared to move to any province as one never knows where their next job will be. 

It seems former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns defender Benson Mhlongo is very aware of that, this backed up by his decision to move to Venda and take up on a job at Black Leopards in the GladAfrica Championship. 

Mhlongo is one of the most experienced players, having recorded close to 40 caps for the South African national team, at the same time being a formidable force for Pirates and Sundowns at the time. 

He made his coaching debut as assistant coach to Augusto Palacious and Miltun Sredojevic at Orlando Pirates, picking up a great deal of valuable experience that led to him landing a job at TS Sporting in the same league. 

Obviously at Black Leopards, the mandate is to fight for promotion back to the PSL after being relegated at the end of the 2020/21 season, something that Mhlongo will be very aware of. 

One other thing that the new Black Leopards coach will be aware of is that Lidoda Duvha Chairman David Thidiela is one man who does not hesitate to pull the trigger and fire coaches who are not delivering. This will be a factor for the coach who will be also hungry to start a new chapter

Another addition Leopards have made so far to strengthen their team for next season is the appointment of former Mamelodi Sundowns scout Floyd Mohale. These appointments clearly show their intent for this season.

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