By Dennis Mabuka
AFC Leopards’ have confirmed they are in the process of hiring Italian coach Emanuele Filippini to take over for the remainder of the season.
Ingwe vice-chairman Patrick Ngaira has revealed to Goal that Filippini, who played as a defensive midfielder and spent most of his career with Italian side Brescia in Serie A before retiring, will arrive in the country this week to take charge at the GOtv Shield champions.
Ngaira says Filippini will be unveiled as head coach while James Nandwa will be relegated to the deputy role alongside Mickey ‘T9’ Weche. “We have finalized the deal to bring Filippini to the den. We expect him to arrive in Kenya by Wednesday.
“We have also informed current technical bench headed by James Nandwa of the new development and we are hoping that they will accord him (Filippini) support. We will retain current technical bench with Nandwa set to take the role of assistant coach.”
Filippini had an amazing career in Serie A with Brescia featuring in a total of 175 games and scoring six goals over the course of eight seasons. The 41 year-old emerged through his hometown Brescia Calcio’s youth system and stayed there for eight professional seasons, after having started – on loan – with amateurs Ospitaletto.
Filippini made his Serie A debut on August 31, 1997, in a 1-2 away defeat to Inter Milan. Filippini, who retired at the age of 36, was in late January 2010, appointed as assistant coach of the Giovanissimi Nazionali youth team guided by Omar Danesi.
He will take over at a struggling Ingwe, who only registered their second league victory of the season on Saturday beating Nakuru Top Fry 1-0 at Mumias Complex.