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AFC Leopards in search of their 13th coach in four years

By VINCENT OPIYO
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Thirteen-time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions AFC Leopards, for the umpteenth time in recent seasons, are in search of a new coach, likely a foreigner.

Ingwe, who last clinched the league title in 1998, are looking for their 13th coach since June 2014 and fifth over the last two seasons.

“We’ve so many forwarded CVs and the appointment board led by Jacob ‘Ghost’ (Mulee) and (Simon) Mulama is perusing to shortlist the best. Definitely he will be a foreigner,” said club organising secretary Timothy Lilumbi on Wednesday.

“The conditions are very clear; he must fit into the current system and that’s why we are targeting to appoint before mid this year to get ample time work with the stand-in coach (Dennis Kitambi) who could travel abroad for further coaching studies any time soon,” he added.

Former Taifa Stars and Yanga coach, Tanzanian Charles Boniface Mkwasa is among names being fronted for the job.

Tanzanian Kitambi is in his second stint as interim coach at the club having served in the same capacity when Briton Stewart Hall quit in May 2017. Prior to Hall, Ingwe had hired Dutchman Pietter De Jongh in June 2014 but dismissed him after six months with Juma Abdallah taking over.

Croatian Zdravko Logarusic replaced Abdallah in February until October 2015 when Jan Koops temporarily served before Belgian Ivan Minnaert arrived in February 2016.

Ezekiel Akwana, Dorian Marin, Tom Juma and Robert Matano followed suit but as usual, none lasted a full season.

Veteran coach Matano, who led Ingwe to the 2017 GOtv Shield, recently sued the club demanding compensation of up to Sh4.9 million for wrongful dismissal on March 13.

Leopards chairman Dan Mule is confident they will win the case: “For Matano, we are also armed with worrying evidence that might harm the coach’s career and we are prepared to face off in court,” he warned.