Kostadin Papic is set to make a dramatic return to South African football. Photo: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

DURBAN – National First Division outfit Royal Eagles are set to appoint former Orlando Pirates coach Kostadin Papic as their new mentor. 

“Papic landed on Saturday at 6pm at King Shaka Airport. He will take over from Zipho Dlangalala, who was appointed as an interim coach recently. The club bosses have run out of patience with Dlangalala. Papic will resume his duties on Monday,” a well-placed source told Independent Media.

Eagles drew 1-1 with Black Leopards on Saturday at Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.

Papic has coached a lot of clubs in South Africa over the past years, such as Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Polokwane City.

His last job in South Africa was with Eagles. The club decided against retaining his services for this season, and instead went with Allan Freese.

But after few matches, they showed him the door as well.

Papic’s first assignment will be against Jomo Cosmos away from home next Saturday.

An attempt to get hold of Eagles general manager James Dlamini proved futile as his phone rang unanswered.


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