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AFC Leopards part ways with coach Rodolfo Zapata after five months in charge

6:06 PM GMT 28/09/2018
Zapata Rodolfo of AFC Leopards.
Goal now understands that assistant Tom Juma will take charge of the team against Ulinzi Stars assisted by Gilbert Selebwa

AFC Leopards will go for a new coach for next season after parting ways with Rodolfo Zapata.

The Argentine coach has exclusively revealed to Goal that he has left the Den on mutual consent. “We have parted ways on mutual consent. Season is almost over and I have personal matters to attend to in New York.”

Zapata added, “I had a meeting with them and I have already left a program and report for next season. You can contact the secretary general if you need more information.”

The decision by Zapata to quit The Den comes just days after he bid the players' goodbye after losing by a solitary goal to Sofapaka in the FKF Shield Cup.

His stay at the club was compounded further after his side suffered a 4-0 defeat against Tusker in a league match. Goal now understands that assistant Tom Juma will take charge of the team assisted by Gilbert Selebwa.

Zapata, who arrived from Botswana’s top side Gaborone United and signed a two-year contract last June, is the club's third coach this year, and leaves Ingwe lying 4th on the 18-team league table.

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.