Ex-AFC Leopards’ coach Koops now ditches Mulembe FC

The Dutchman, who joined the Division One side a month ago, reveals to Goal that he has opted to quit after ‘they (club) failed to meet their end of bargain’
By Timothy Olobulu

Former premiership side AFC Leopards' coach Jan Koops has fallen out with his new employers Mulembe FC and has declined to sign a contract with the lower league side.

In an interview with Goal, the former Ingwe tactician reveals that he has refused to sign a contract with Mulembe because ‘they failed to meet their end of the bargain’.

Koops was hired by Mulembe, a new football club owned by former AFC Leopards’ official Ssemi Aina, a month ago. The Dutchman was employed after being jobless for a few months, coming at the backdrop of his resignation from Division One side Kolongolo FC.

Aina hired him saying he was confident of his abilities after proving himself when he was at AFC Leopards, despite his sacking from the club last year after failing to guide them to major trophies.

Koops refused to disclose the part of the bargain that was not met, but sources close to Goal intimated that they revolve around financial issues.

“There were things that we discussed and agreed but they failed to honour what they themselves promised. As a coach I don’t like involving myself with teams that are not serious and just like Kolongolo, they showed me they were never serious.

"I was very ready to work with them and will remain committed to render my services, but you do not backtrack on your won words.

“There is a KPL club which definitely I will not name that has requested for my services. We held talks with them and they requested me to suggest a fee at which I will work for and I have done so. I am only waiting for response from them probably in the next two or three days.”