Parallel faction of AFC Leopards as ‘unveiled’ Dutchman Jan Koops as head coach of the club ahead of 2015 Kenyan Premier League season.
The group led by Mathews Opwora presented the Dutchman to the media on Wednesday in a Nairobi Hotel. Speaking to Goal, Opwora said they had settled on Koops because ‘he understands the team better than any other coach.’
“We have settled for Koops as head coach of AFC Leopards. We believe Koops will help this team perform well this season considering that he had a good run with the team before he was sacked by previous office.
“We are going to engage him on a long term contract and have notified our sponsors Mumias Sugar Company on the same. Koops remains the only coach who can help Ingwe reclaim its lost glory.”
Opwora and his team staged a coup on incumbent officials led by chairman Allan Kasavuli and claimed that the club will hold elections after 90 days. However, Kasavuli insists they are still in charge at the den and even went on to suspend Opwora and four other members.
In a terse statement, Kasavuli said, “AFC Leopards has noted with great concern conduct of following members of the club - Mathews Opwora, Noah Wanyama, Isokha Chevai and Lawrence Weche.
“We are concerned about their subversive activities with intention to destabilize operations of the club. On Saturday (January 24, 2015), they convened a meeting and lied to members that they had been granted authority to hold a Special General Meeting. AFC Leopards constitution clearly prescribes the criteria for convening any meeting that should be respected by every member.
“National Executive Committee condemns that act which is a gross violation of club constitution. Consequently the aforementioned members are suspended from club with immediate effect. They are free to defend or appeal against suspension in next AGM or SGM whichever comes first."