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According to sources, the Ugandan national alongside Portuguese coach Victor Salvado and Serbian Zeljko Malkov are names eying the vacant job

Former Sofapaka coach Sam Ssimbwa is heavily tipped to take over as the new AFC Leopards tactician as the race to find replacement for axed Dutch man Jan Koops gathers momentum.

The Ugandan national alongside Portuguese manager Victor Salvado and Serbian tactician Zeljko Malkov are reportedly some of the big names Leopards hierarchy is closing in on.

Sources within the club revealed to that the National Executive Council (Nec) is divided on who to pick among the three with majority preferring the Ugandan who is understood to be asking for ‘pocket friendly’ salary compared to the other two.

Club chairman Alex Ole Magelo is understood to prefer the Portuguese due to his impressive credentials but sources indicate he was asked ‘to go slow’ by National Executive committee (Nec) members.

Besides Salvado, the club is also believed to have received various applications including that of Croatian Miroslav Buljan.

Salvado, 42, is a Uefa licensed coach who has previously handled several second and third tier teams in the Portuguese League.

He is currently in charge of the Benfica reserve team. He has been a director of Afriq football Academy l in Benin and is also said to have coached Manchester United striker Nani and Fiorentina midfielder Miguel Veloso.

Just last week, it also emerged that the club’s branches had petitioned NEC to have Koops reinstated to his job.

The position fell vacant a month ago when the Dutch man and his entire technical bench were sent packing over failure to win silverware in the 2012 campaign.