Leal and Pirates part ways
Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates coach Julio Leal has parted ways with the club by mutual consent, the PSL champions confirmed on Monday.
The Brazilian was asked to step down temporarily earlier this
season, with Augusto Palacios coming in as caretaker coach for the past
However, the Buccaneers confirmed Leal would not come back in as
head coach, and that his time with the Soweto giants has come to an end,
A statement released on the club's official website read: Orlando
Pirates Football Club and Head Coach, Julio Cesar Leal ("the Head
Coach"), this morning have parted ways following a meeting requested by
the Head Coach's agent, Nadim Mahmood, ahead of the hearing that was to
be adjudicated by Mr. Zola Majavu.
The Head Coach requested that the details of the
investigation not be disclosed as they were not tested in a hearing. The
Orlando Pirates Football Club Board of Directors ("the Board") has
accepted the parting of ways with the Head Coach which is with immediate
The Board concurs that the statements collected as part of
the investigation remain allegations as they were not tested in cross
The Board is satisfied that the matter was handled in
accordance with the Club's handbook which is incorporated into the Head
Coach's employment contract.
The Board wishes the coach success in his future endeavours.