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AFC Leopards coach Trucha at Mourinho, Guardiola's level – Shikanda

20:20 EAT 02/12/2020
AFC Leopards coach Tomas Trucha.
The Ingwe official states their tactician is as qualified as some of the top world managers and will help them in a big way

AFC Leopards chairman Dan Shikanda has claimed head coach Tomas Trucha is at the same level as European top managers like Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

Appointed before the 2020/21 Football Kenya Federation Premier League, Trucha is a Uefa Pro Licence holder and qualifies to coach in the country as well as in the Caf matches.

The question of qualification remains a hot topic of discussions in the country since Gor Mahia’s Roberto Goncalves was barred by Caf from overseeing the continental matches for his new side as his coaching papers were dismissed.

“This is a top-notch coach with the same qualifications as [Jose] Mourinho, [Pep] Guardiola and [Jurgen] Klopp,” Shikanda said during a press conference.

“The coach is here to help us. The salary we are giving him is not commensurate with his qualifications or what he is giving.”

Shikanda’s claims come at a time he confirmed Trucha is facing uncertain times as few members have threatened his agent.

“But now what they have decided is to stabilise the team and make sure that he does not operate peacefully. I do not know what they want. The coach is definitely not happy with what is happening,” Shikanda told reporters on Wednesday

“The same people were saying he does not have papers and that he is just a tourist. But when they saw his credentials they went silent.

“If I invite you to a place and people start threatening will you be comfortable in that place? There are a lot of threats on our coach and his agent and the people who are bringing all these threats are also agents.

“There is a serious issue with the coach. We shall do a press conference on Thursday and from here we will go and organise to get the nitty-gritty.

The threats, according to Shikanda, are meant to destabilise the club and work against the gains made by the national office.

“It is unfortunate that some people who call themselves our members are trying to destabilise our team. They have seen us doing well and they are surely not happy," he suggested.

“They are trying to kill the club and are trying to kill the work that the National Executive Committee has done.

“We are taking the threats seriously and we shall write a statement with the police. We are handling that because the coach feels he is not safe. He is in Kenya to help us and add skills to the team.”

Shikanda also confirmed they will hold a presser on Thursday to reveal further steps taken in order to address the threats.