Kenya Premier League side AFC Leopards’ have confirmed James Nandwa as stand in coach replacing sacked Luc Eymael.
As exclusively revealed by Goal, Nandwa, who doubles as Harambee Stars assistant coach, will be deputized by ex-international Mickey ‘T9’ Weche, until end of the season.
AFC Leopards’ chairman Allan Kasavuli also revealed that replacements for team manager and goalkeeper trainer will be announced in due course. A source however, hinted to Goal that Gilbert Selebwa was well placed to take charge as team manager.
Kasavul's statement read in part,“Following a spate of poor performance in the playing unit, AFC Leopards’ National Executive Committee has terminated services of head coach Luc Eymael.
“NEC has further parted ways with the rest of technical bench on mutual consent to pave way for a new team to guide the club for remaining fixtures of the season. NEC has traced poor performance to various issues including but not limited to the head coach’s high handedness and unending unreasonable demands.
“NEC has henceforth appointed James Nandwa with immediate effect as the interim head coach till end of the season to be assisted by Micky ‘T9’ Weche. The new appointments will be unveiled on Wednesday at training grounds in Gigiri with remaining positions of team manager and goalkeeper trainer being named at a later date.”
Earlier, Eymael confirmed to Goal having received the sacking letter and accused two officials of sabotaging his work. “Yes…I can confirm that I have parted ways with AFC Leopards’. I received a signed letter from club’s top hierarchy confirming termination of contract and will clarify on the same after I consult widely.
“I have always said my working relationship in AFC Leopards’ was not conducive since I set foot in Kenya. I have had two people, who have worked hard to sabotage my work and cannot reveal names at the moment," said Eymael, who promised to spill more at a press conference in his apartment on Tuesday.
“I want to accept that there is always an end to anything you start and would like to reveal it was my worst experience handling AFC Leopards. The rest of the technical bench led by assistant Nicholas Muyoti have been suspended but are yet to receive letters confirming the same”