thumbnail Hello, reliably understands that the manager- who was shortlisted during the search for Stars coach - is among candidates to replace Jan Koops

By David Kwalimwa

Portuguese tactician Victor Salvado says he will transform the fortunes of giant AFC Leopards if offered the opportunity to manage the Kenyan top flight side. reliably understands that the manager- who was shortlisted during the search for Harambee Stars coach - is amongst the three candidates under consideration by the club officials to replace the departing Dutchman Jan Koops.

Salvado, who has previously handled Benfica (Portuguese top flight) reserve team, is rumored to be in direct competition with former Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi and an unnamed former tactician of (Tanzanian side) Simba SC.

"I have been in contact with the club (AFC Leopards) for sometime. The (club officials) have told me to wait for a final answer before the end of this week, I am hoping to get this chance. African football is exciting and could help me gain more experience and help the Kenyan players improve."

So interested is the 42 year-old with a chance to manage a Kenyan team that he claims to have prioritized this possible opportunity despite overtures from a top Cameroon side Canon Yaounde.

Amongst the qualities listed by the coach on his CV includes 'ability to conquer', good voice, good team organization and good influence on the players.

Despite heavy investment in the coaching and playing squad last term, AFC Leopards finished the season without a trophy - after surrendering the title chase to eventual champions Tusker FC and losing the FKF Cup semi-final to arch-rivals Gor Mahia.

When reached for comment, AFC Leopards officials preferred to remain tight lipped on this subject.