Rwandan coach Casa Mbungo joins race to succeed Rodolfo Zapata at AFC Leopards

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Ingwe are searching for a coach to replace Argentine Rodolfo Zapata, who quit in a huff last Friday after a string of defeats

Rwandan Casa Mbungo has emerged as one of the options to take over as coach of AFC Leopards, Goal can reveal.

Ingwe are currently searching for a coach to replace Argentine Rodolfo Zapata, who quit in a huff last Friday following a string of three defeats on the trot and Mbungo's name has been mentioned adversely in the last few weeks.

Currently coach at Rwandan top-flight side Kiyovu, Mbungo is said to be a strict disciplinarian whose teams play an attractive brand of football. He's won two Peace Cup (domestic cup titles) and is remembered for tutoring strikers Jacques Tuyisenge and Francis Mustapha, who are currently turning out for Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia.

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Mbungo's Kiyovu topped the league standings in Rwanda for the better part of the 2017/2018 league season before settling for third place. “He is an exciting option that we could look at when the time comes,” a source within Ingwe told Goal.

“We are not playing continental football next season and that means the coach we have has to be experienced enough to challenge for the title and domestic cup. Someone, who can also make the team play good football.”

Former AFC Leopards head coach Dennis Kitambi is also believed to be under consideration as well as Nakumatt tactician Melis Medo.

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