Kimani keen to bring confidence back at Leopards
- The new AFC Leopards assistant coach Anthony 'Modo' Kimani believes lack of confidence has played a huge contributing factor in the club's underwhelming season
- The fallen Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants are languishing in the relegation playoff spot after 18 rounds but Kimani insists they can achieve a decent finish if they believe in their collective abilities
The new AFC Leopards assistant coach Anthony ‘Modo’ Kimani believes lack of confidence has played a huge contributing factor in the club’s underwhelming season.
The fallen Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants are languishing in the relegation playoff spot after 18 rounds but Kimani insists they can achieve a decent finish if they believe in their collective abilities.
Kimani, who played for Leopards between 2013-2015, said he is ready to hit the ground running after signing a two-year-deal that will see him deputise for Rwandese tactician Casa Mbungo.
“It is a wonderful opportunity to be granted this chance in a great club of its own rich history. I have good memories of the club as a former player and I hope to help Casa so as we may harvest the right results,” he said.
Kimani added he held discussions with Mbungo before the club made his appointment formal with the two discussing on how they can work together to turn around the club’s fortunes.
“We had a one on one talk with Casa who is a good coach and we have shared a lot that can benefit the club. There were many coaches who were eying this job but I thank God Leopards settled on me and I can’t wait to repay their faith,” he said.
Kimani passed an advanced level coaching course and has a CAF C license (sponsored by Football Kenya Federation) and has occasionally served as a football pundit.
The former Kenyan International captained Leopards to Shield triumph in 2012 where they beat arch-rivals Gor Mahia FC by a solitary goal.
“The players will have to be reminded to be confident of themselves and that everything is workable. Though we need to strengthen both in front and backline and this one will be done after talks with coach.
“I am ready to work with him (Casa), Tom Juma (Football Operations Manager) and Lawrence Webo (Goalkeeper trainer) to see to it that Leopards deliver to the expectations,” he confirmed.
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