Coaches who may replace Robert Matano at AFC Leopards

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Goal Kenya.
Who are most likely coaches, who can step into the line of fire for the hot seat at AFC Leopards’ should the ‘Lion’ be shown the door?

Robert Matano is set to appear before AFC Leopards committee to answer to ‘a few questions’, a meeting that will confirm his future at the club.

Matano was suspended on Friday and will miss the league match against Sony Sugar on Sunday. There are growing fears that Matano may be the fifth coach to exit the Den in the last two seasons should he be found culpable of the offences that led to his suspension.

But, who are most likely coaches, who can step into the line of fire for the hot seat at AFC Leopards’ should the ‘Lion’ be shown the exit door?

  1. Goal Kenya.

    #1 Paul Nkata

    The Ugandan tactician left Bandari after a poor run with the Dockers last season despite his splendid display with Tusker the previous season. Nkata won a double with Tusker in the 2016 season before he was snatched up by Bandari, but he failed to replicate the same form in the Coastal City of Mombasa, leading to his unceremonious exit from the Kenyan Premier League at the end of the 2017 season. Though AFC Leopards have not shown much love for hiring Ugandan tacticians, the much travelled Nkata, with tentacles in the domestic league, will be an ideal replacement for Matano.

  2. Tusker website.

    #2 George ‘Best’ Nsimbe

    George Nsimbe stirred controversy late last season when he hinted that he was not ready to work with some ‘old players’ at Tusker as he was struggling to steer a staggering Brewers to safety. That simple statement caused the Ugandan his job at the end of the season when Tusker terminated his contract after a two month suspension. But with vast experience in both the domestic and regional football, Nsimbe can turn around AFC Leopards, who signed 17 players, most young blood, who can easily fit into his system as he builds a future squad capable of challenging for a first KPL title since 1999.

  3. Goal Kenya.

    #3 James Nandwa

    Nandwa can easily fit into the job. The former Thika United Team Manager joined Ingwe late last season and he may be the cheapest option for the club considering that he’s worked with the squad and he understands the internal politics. Nandwa may also come at a slightly lower cost to AFC Leopards, who are running dry accounts after sponsors, SportPesa pulled out sponsorship early in January. The club management would not need additional resources to do the interview, but rather sermon him to the boardroom with an increased term on the table and the deal is sealed.

  4. Goal Kenya.

    #4 Ezekiel Akwana

    Currently jobless after leaving his role at the financially crippled Nakuru All Stars, Akwana is another ideal candidate to fit into Ingwe’s system. Just like Nandwa, Akwana knows the corners of the Den so well until his sacking from the same position in 2016. Akwana is among the first coaches, who begun the exit journey out of the Den. But Akwana broke ranks with the club after Ingwe snubbed him for Jan Koops. Despite being with the team through thick and thin, it was shocking to see the former player shipped out with Nicholas Muyoti rehired as the team’s assistant coach and Koops taking the head coach berth.