Aussems doesn’t want to set unattainable targets with the team having retained its status in the PSL after winning the promotional/relegation playoffs
Black Leopards have officially unveiled former Kaizer Chiefs defender Sibusiso Khumalo among 11 new signings.
The 31-year-old left-back was on the books of National First Division (NFD) side TS Sporting during the 2019/20 season and he is now back in the PSL.
Khumalo turned out for Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, SuperSport United and Moroka Swallows in the top-flight league.
Leopards also confirmed the arrival of Wiseman Maluleke, Tebogo Makobela, Roderick Kabwe, Onyedikachi Ononogbu, Tebogo Sodi, Roggert Nyundu, Matsimbi Tsepo, Sibongiseni Mthethwa, Rikhotso Ntlakuso and Tiklas Thutlwa as their new signings.
The club made the announcement on its official Twitter account after the players were unveiled at Southern Sun Hyde Park in Sandton, Gauteng:
New signings pic.twitter.com/Lge3VFhNxO
Nyundu has rejoined Lidoda Duvha as the forward was part of the team between 2014 and 2017 and he was on the books of NFD side Mbombela United in the recent season.
While Zambia international Kabwe has moved to Leopards after parting ways with Ajax Cape Town (now known as Cape Town Spurs).
Lidoda Duvha signed Maluleke and Makobela after they were released by Polokwane City and Chippa United respectively.
Meanwhile, Leopards also announced a new partnership with mining and logistics company Yethembe Group as their new shirt sponsor after seven years of not having a shirt sponsor.
The club's new coach Patrick Aussems said he wants the team to play good football when speaking to the media in a virtual question and answer session at Southern Sun Hyde Park.
"I am not a liar. I cannot promise we will finish in the top four or top eight [in the Premiership] I can promise that we will work," the Belgian coach said.
"I want the team to play football. I want the fans who come to the stadium to see good football.
“I want to have happy players because I know they will play good football and that will make our fans happy whether we win or lose.”
Aussems, who was previously in charge of Tanzanian giants Simba SC, will be eyeing a winning start as Leopards coach when they face SuperSport United in a PSL match on Saturday.