Dutchman appointed AFC Leopards coach

Ingwe have hired Hendrik Pieter de Jongh as replacement for sacked James Nandwa and will lead the club at upcoming Cecafa Nile Basin tournament
By Dennis Mabuka

The circus that is AFC Leopards’ search for a new coach has now taken them to Holland where they have acquired services of Hendrik Pieter de Jongh.

AFC Leopards' secretary general George Aladwa has exclusively revealed to Goal that Pieter, 44 years-old, takes over the hot seat at Ingwe after agreeing to pen a one year contract.

'We have decided to go Dutch after it became obvious that Morgan will take long to start work. Hendrick Pieter arrives on Saturday and will lead team to Sudan for Cecafa tournament'

Pieter, who arrives in the country on Saturday, as earmarked the inaugural Cecafa Nile Basin tournament to be held in Sudan, as his first assignment for the GOtv Shield champions.

This news comes barely a week after AFC Leopards’ agreed to settle on Briton Trevor Morgan after holding successful talks with the coach but he was said to have requested permission to head for interview with another European club.

"We have decided to go Dutch after it became obvious that Briton Trevor Morgan will take long to start work despite agreeing to a one year deal. Hendrick Pieter de Jongh is expected in Kenya on Saturday and will travel with team to Sudan for Cecafa tournament."

Ingwe chaiman Allan Kasavuli confirmed the appointment and said they have faith in the new tactician. “We needed a coach, who can get along with our players and Pieter is that kind of a coach. We are happy that coaching issue is now solved and we look forward to a good season.”

Pieter, who speaks fluent English, was born on December 8, 1970 in Asperen, Holland and played for NAC Breda and Sparta Rotterdam. He has been involved in KNVB coaching courses and at one point coached Dutch youth national team. He is currently a youth Director at Hungarian national soccer academy.