AFC Leopards in talks to hire Belgian coach

Ingwe chairman Mathews Opwora reveals to Goal that the Belgian could succeed Jan Koops if they agree on terms

AFC Leopards have revealed they have opened talks to snap up Belgian coach Ivan Jacky Minnaert.

Ingwe chairman Mathews Opwora confirmed to Goal on Thursday that the coach had applied to take over the hot seat at the den but ‘we are yet to agree on contractual terms.’

“He (Ivan) spoke to one of our committee member on his intentions to coach AFC Leopards. We are looking at the request and will have a formal answer to the same by Friday. I am not sure whether he has already arrived in Kenya but what I am made to understand…he wants to coach our team.”

Opwora said should the Belgian ink a contract, they will elevate current coach Jan Koops to head technical directors’ position. “You know clearly that we don’t have a technical director for the club and since we need someone, who understands Kenyan football, Koops will fit the bill.”

Ivan Jacky resigned from Rayon Sports on Wednesday, terminating a one year contract he signed with the Rwandese club in November. Speaking on his decision to quit, “Ivan told Times Sport, “I am quitting because of professional reasons. It is over between me and Rayon Sports. I wish them all the best but for me I will not continue.

“The fans have been wonderful and I thank my players, who really did a good job.”

Apart from Rayon Sports, Ivan Jacky has handled Djoliba AC of Mali, Al Ittihad Tripoly of Libya, VB Addu FC in Republic of Maldives, Club Deportivo San Roque U-19 in Spain and he has UEFA pro license.