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Oscar Igaida assures AFC Leopards fans: Rodolfo Zapata is here to stay

08:24 BST 25/09/2018
Zapata Rodolfo of AFC Leopards.
Ingwe have maintained a brave face that the Argentine tactician will see off his contract at The Den despite fueling exit talks

AFC Leopards Secretary Genaral Oscar Igaida says coach Rodolfo Zapata is staying put despite reports that he might walk away before the season ends.

The Argentine coach is reportedly frustrated by the activities at the Den and fueled his exit talks over the weekend after he delivered a shock message to the players. “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 have also learnt that Ingwe are not taking any chances with Zapata’s situation and have even lined up Nakumatt coach Melis Medo to replace him.

“We are looking at the prospects of bringing in Nakumatt coach Melis Medo if Zapata decides to go but I strongly believe that Zapata will stay for next season,” revealed a top club official, who did not want to be named.

But in a quick response, Igaida has told Goal that the tactician has a running contract that is ending next year. “If you go to our training facility right now you will find him there, I have not received any letter, any resignation letter from Zapata.

"As a matter of fact, he has a running contract that ends in June next year, so all this noise of him leaving as it stands remains just that, noise! We want to be stable in all departments and that is what we are working on right now; we are on the right track.”

Ingwe lost in the Shield Cup semis against Sofapaka but are targeting a top three finish by the end of the season.