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EXCLUSIVE: The Portuguese will be deputized by former Mtibwa Sugar FC coach Tom Olaba, who was appointed last month at the den

EXCLUSIVE
By Zakary Oteno

Kenya Premier League (KPL) side AFC Leopards have appointed Portuguese Victor Salvado as the new head coach with immediate effect.

Salvado replaces Dutchman Jan Koops who was shown the door along with the entire technical bench late last year.

The Portuguese will be deputized by former Mtibwa Sugar FC coach Tom Olaba, who was appointed last month.

Club Vice Chairman Walter Onyino confirmed the new developments adding that the Portuguese is expected to link up with the team in the next few weeks.

Onyino revealed to Goal.com that Salvado beat a pool of over 16 applications of which 15 were foreigners.

“The applications were massive. We considered every application on merit and everything was done above board. I believe we have picked the right person who will take our team to another level.”

“We have settled on him and when he arrives we will agree on the duration of his contract. He (Salvado) holds a UEFA pro license while his vision and work plan for the club was very impressive.”

Onyino said that Ingwe’s executive is currently working on Salvado’s contract before he is officially unveiled.

The 42-year-old tactician had earlier revealed to Goal.com his desire to coach AFC Leopards.  "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 Kenyan players improve."

AFC Leopards' 2013 Kenya Premier League (KPL) opening five fixtures: February 9; Kakamega Homeboyz v AFC Leopards (Bukhungu), February 17; AFC Leopards v Bandari (Nyayo), February 24; AFC Leopards v Sony Sugar (Nyayo), March 2; Karuturi Sports v AFC Leopards (Naivasha) and March 10; AFC Leopards v Western Stima (Nyayo).

 

 

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