It is now official, AFC Leopards revoke appointment of Portuguese tactician Victor Salvado

Club vice chairman Onyino reveals to, that they have snubbed the coach and will no longer consider him for the job for 'lying to the club'
By Zakary Oteno

Kenya Premier League side AFC Leopards have finally revoked impending appointment of Portuguese tactician Victor Manuel Salvado owing to discrepancies in his credentials.

Club vice chairman Walter Onyino exclusively revealed to on Tuesday, that they have snubbed the tactician and will no longer consider him for the job for lying to the club over his qualifications.

Salvado had indicated in his testimonials that he has a wealth of experience gathered over time that also included stints with Portuguese giants Benfica’s reserve side.

Salvado had been appointed two weeks ago and was bound to be unveiled as successor to Dutchman Jan Koops, but the whole process stalled when Leopards hierarchy wrote to Portuguese Football Federation (PFF) requesting to be furnished with the track record of the tactician.

Onyino's letter to Portuguese FA read in part, "AFC Leopards is one of the biggest clubs in Kenya. The club is in the process of hiring a coach and is considering one Victor Trinidad Salvado from Castelo Branco."

"As part of the background check, we need you to assist us with information on the last three clubs he has coached and the dates when he coached them for our consideration. All information received will be treated in strict confidence."

According to Onyino, Portuguese FA had responded to his letter with speed and the relevant documents at their desk shows otherwise. He said the club's fears had been confirmed since the records revealed that Salvado has handled a third tier side in the Portuguese league AD Penamacorense and not Sporting Benfica FC as he had indicated.

"According to the documents in our possession, Salvado coached Sport Benfica da Covilha from 2008-2009, Sport Benfica e Castelo Branco 2009/2010 and Sport Lison Benfica B epoca in 2010/2011 and not top flight side Sporting Benfica FC reserve team."

The response communiqué  from the Portuguese federation is signed byAugusto Baganha. "We are not considering him for the job any more. Tom Olaba will take charge for the meantime, and he will enjoy all the benefits that comes with coaching the side."

"Salvado intentionally lied to us with the intent of getting the job. AFC Leopards is a big club and whoever, handled a third tier club in Portugal is not qualified to guide it."

Onyino added that club's National Executive Committee (NEC) will hold a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the issue. "We will meet tomorrow (Wednesday), to discuss a possible replacement but for now the club is in safe hands of Olaba who will continue discharging his duties."