By Otieno Otieno
AFC Leopards will pay sacked head coach Jan Koops Sh2.4million making it the biggest pay out in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL).
The coach who was yet to be informed of the decision to sack him, revealed on Friday that he will push for his pay for the remainder of his three year contract.
“I signed a three year contract with the club at the beginning of this season and there are still two years remaining which they have to pay me as agreed in our contract,” Koops told Goal.com.
Koops said Kenya FA have a copy of his contract and he will ask for their help incase Leopards are unwilling to meet his demands.
“They are obligated to pay me and this is what I will push for to the end.” Koops defended his reign at the club which ended without a trophy in the just concluded season.
“I worked very hard and gave my best. There was no provision in the contract that I win the league for Leopards this season and for me finishing third is a good performance which should be appreciated.”
Koops further expressed disappointment over the manner in which he has been treated.
“Until now no one has told me about the sacking and this is the problem at AFC Leopards. There is no communication at all. All the National Executive Committee (NEC) have refused to pick my calls and I view their action as cowardice.”
Regarding his future, Koops was categorical that he will be back in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) soon even as reports emerged that several clubs have already approached him.
“I know what I am capable of and confident that sooner rather than later, I will be back in the KPL dugout.”
When contacted, club secretary Winston Kituyi denied that the club will be obligated to pay the coach so much money insisting that he failed to perform.
“Every contract has a performance provision and we must not be intimidated into keeping someone even when they are not performing.”
Kituyi said they have been in contact with the coach and way forward regarding the technical bench will be made public in a few days.
On Thursday, Leopards chairman Alex Magelo announced that Koops together with the entire technical bench have been fired after failing to win any silverware in the just concluded season.
Magelo had earlier indicated that the committee was considering taking drastic action in protest at the poor performance.
Koops joins a long list of coaches who have lost their jobs in the just concluded season. The others are Gabriel Kingi (Mathare United), Anaba Awono (Gor Mahia), Edward Manoah (Chemelil), Salim Ali (Sofapaka) and Sammy Omollo (Tusker).