Leopards to name new coach before Mashemeji Derby
The new AFC Leopards head coach will be in place before the struggling Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants take on arch-rivals Gor Mahia in next Sunday’s Mashemeji Derby set for Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.
Leopards Secretary General, Oscar Igaida, confirmed the Executive Committee will receive the short-listed names of three coaches on Saturday where one will be appointed to replace sacked Belgian Ivan Minnaert.
Interim boss, Ezekiel Akwana who led the side to salvage a 2-2 draw against Ulinzi Stars on Friday at Afraha Stadium in a game they finished with 10-men ruled out of the running.
According to Igaida, the new coach must have a UEFA License A and above or CAF A, five years experience working on the top level or equivalent with experience in African football as an added advantage.
The requirements thus lock out Akwana who is yet to win since taking over from the Belgian.
The selection panel sifted through 42 applications for the job including rumoured candidates who held coaching jobs at global giants Real Madrid of Spain and Manchester United.
Ingwe have slumped to 12th in the league on 30 points having led the standings at the beginning of the season where they went unbeaten in eight, including the 1-0 victory over K’Ogalo in the first leg Mashemeji Derby that ignited hopes of a title charge.
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