AFC Leopards will be forced to get another coach for the new season if reports going round is anything to go by.
Goal now understands that Argentine coach Rodolfo Zapata has hinted to many friends that he will not return for next season. The Argentine took over from Dennis Kitambi at the middle of the season, and is fighting to defend the FKF Shield Cup with Ingwe after missing out on the league title.
A number of multiple sources have revealed to Goal that the coach is frustrated with how the club is being managed and will not be keen to return for the new season despite having a year remaining on his contract.
“The coach is very frustrated. He is not happy at all. Actually he is ready to resign if AFC Leopards fails to go past Sofapaka in Shield Cup on Sunday. He has seen enough and does not want to change his mind.”
Another source said, “Zapata is very frustrated and does not believe things will change for the better at AFC Leopards. He will not come back. It is time AFC Leopards started shopping for a new coach.”
AFC Leopards have already set a record of hiring and firing coaches in Kenyan history. Prior to elevating Kitambi to the acting role, the team was under Briton Stewart Hall. Ingwe had also hired Dutchman Pieter De Jongh in June 2014 but dismissed him after six months with Juma Abdallah taking over.
Croatian Zdravko Logarusic replaced Abdallah in February until October 2015 when Jan Koops temporarily served before Belgian Ivan Minnaert arrived in February 2016. Ezekiel Akwana, Dorian Marin, Tom Juma and Robert Matano followed suit but as usual, none lasted a full season.