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Reports: Francis Kimanzi leads top coaches shortlisted for AFC Leopards job

12:16 PM GMT 07/10/2018
Francis Kimanzi coach of Mathare United.
The Argentine coach left The Den two weeks ago after the team lost to Sofapaka in the FKF Shield Cup

AFC Leopards have now shortlisted a number of top coaches as they prepare to replace departed Rodolfo Zapata.

The Argentine coach left The Den two weeks ago after the team lost to Sofapaka in the FKF Shield Cup followed with a 4-0 thumping by Tusker in the league.

And weeks after Zapata's exit, Goal now understands that the club have listed a number of coaches for the job among them Francis Kimanzi of Mathare United. Others listed to take up the vacant role are Melis Medo of Nakumatt and Casa Mbungo of Kiyovu SC.

"It is true that Kimanzi (Francis) has been named in the list to take up the job at Ingwe. He is among the coaches, who will be interviewed in the coming weeks," a source, privy to happenings at the club, told Goal.

AFC Leopards have already set a record of hiring and firing coaches in Kenyan history. Prior to elevating Dennis 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.