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Clark believes he can save Leopards from relegation

Black Leopards head coach Alan Clark is confident he has the necessary experience and ability to help the club stave off relegation this season.

Lidoda Duvha are rooted to the bottom of the Absa Premiership standings with 20 points from 24 games, which is only three points below safety.

Despite their current position in the standings, Clark believes he has enough quality in his squad to fight their way out of the danger zone, once the season resumes at some stage in the future following the coronavirus lockdown.

"To be honest with you I don't think I jumped into this position with my eyes closed‚" Clark said, as quoted by Sowetan Live.

"But what's important is that I've been around and I've been experienced. I've been involved with AmaZulu with the trouble that they had in the first and second seasons.

"I was around at Platinum Stars. When we got there they were 14th and they ended in the top eight. The second season they were second.

"And I've been learning all the time. If I didn't think I was capable of doing it I wouldn't have accepted the role.

"I have a very experienced squad‚ which I'm grateful for. And what do you do as a young coach? The opportunity is there‚ and I don't think South African young coaches get enough of those.

"We keep giving chances to foreigners who don't understand our football‚ who want to dictate how we play in terms of European styles.

"So what do I do from a personal level? Do I shrink like a violet and not accept the responsibility? Or do I say‚ 'I have the ability‚ I've been watching and learning‚ and I have a chance to do something'.

"If I can do something for this club‚ no matter what happens I will have gained experience. And that no-one can take away from me."

He added: "I think I wouldn't be here if I wasn't confident. I still think I have a very talented squad at my disposal.

"We still have a long way to go. I mean‚ six games‚ yes‚ we still need 10 points to be safe. And if we keep performing the way we do we'll get those points."