Portuguese coach Victor Salvado: I will restore glory to Kenya side AFC Leopards

The former tactician at Benfica reserve team confirms to Goal.com that he had taken up the chance to handle Ingwe and will jet in next week to finalise deal
By David Kwalimwa

Newly appointed AFC Leopards coach Victor Salvado says he is keen to transform the popular club into a winning outfit.

The Portuguese tactician who was until recently trainer of Super Liga side Benfica's reserve team, has for the past six months been linked with the coaching role at the KPL giants, and was also shortlisted as a candidate to replace Francis Kimanzi as Harambee Stars coach, but lost out to Frenchman Henri Michel.

Salvado is expected to jet in next week and officially take over the preparations for the 2013 season. He will sign a two year deal and will be assisted by veteran coach Tom Olaba.

"I am happy and excited about this opportunity. It is a wonderful new year gift. I will be jetting in next week. I believe we have a strong team that should challenge for the league this season. AFC is a sleeping giant and I will strive to ensure that this side is a force to reckon with," Salvado told Goal.com.
AFC Leopards are the most successful team in the Kenyan league having amassed a total 12 league titles. However, the last time the side clinched the title was 16 years ago.
Salvado will replace Dutchman Jan Koops who's 15 month spell in charge of Ingwe was cut short despite leading the team to third position in the 2012 league and semi-finals of the domestic Cup.

Goal.com exclusively revealed on Sunday that AFC Leopards had settled on the Portuguese tactician. AFC vice-chairman Walter Onyino confirmed that the coach had beaten 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 (Salavado) 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."