Another coach set to exit The Den: Rodolfo Zapata bids AFC Leopards players’ goodbye

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Goal now understands that Ingwe’s playing unit is keen to have Dennis Kitambi restored as the coach and work with Tom Juma

AFC Leopards coach Rodolfo Zapata has further fueled his exit after he thanked the players for their support during his brief stay at The Den.

According to a top Ingwe player, who refused to be named, the Argentine coach delivered the shock message to the players after the team was bundled out of the FKF Shield Cup by Sofapaka on Sunday.

“It was nice working with you and wish you the best in your future endeavors,” Zapata told the players at Kasarani before walking away.

Goal now understands that Ingwe’s playing unit is keen to have Dennis Kitambi restored as the team coach to work with Tom Juma. “Zapata says the pressure is too much. The only solution now is for the management to re-hire Kitambi to work alongside ‘Gaza’.

“It is very clear now that we have failed to click under Zapata, I guess the team is bigger for him, always telling us (players) AFC Leopards is a big team with great potential and we should prove that. In my opinion, it is high time changes are effected in the technical bench,” added the player.

On Sunday, Zapata and AFC Leopards’ playing unit were held hostage by fans, who demanded that they walk from Kasarani to their destination after defeat against Batoto ba Mungu ended the club’s dream of winning any silverware.

The fans camped outside the stadium after the final whistle and demanded that no one (including players and the technical bench) should use the team bus. “We want them to walk home. They are a disgrace and don’t deserve to use this bus," one of the fans told Goal.

A goal from Elli Asieche was enough to hand Sofapaka a 1-0 win and they will now face Kariobangi Sharks in the final. Sharks reached the final after registering an emphatic 4-1 win against Ulinzi Stars at the same venue.