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AFC Coach Aussems’ blunder: Calls journalist ‘Stupid’ during tense media briefing

AFC Leopards coach Patrick Aussems on February 5, 2023, controversially referred to a journalist as “stupid” at a media briefing.

Aussems, who was responding to a question asked, blurted out at the journalist, telling him he should not ask him any other question.

The altercation happened during a media briefing after an FKF match saw Aussems look at the job card of the journalist who did not have one.

He went ahead and told him, “You are stupid my brother… you are stupid.”

Watch how that unfolded in the video below.

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Still expressing discontent over the match, Aussems tweeted that four clowns refereed the game, but fortunately, the two teams remained calm.

“A Top FKF match refereed by 4 clowns. Fortunately, the 2 teams remained calm… Another clean sheet and 6 games unbeaten in a row. Back to work on Thursday but, first, 8 hours to drive back to Nairobi!”

Aussems was unveiled as the AFC coach in 2021. The Belgian nationality took over from the club’s former captain Anthony Kimani who has been holding brief at the helm since the resignation of Thomas Trucha.

Aussems joined the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League club following a successful stint at Tanzanian giants Simba SC where he won the league title and led the team to the Caf Champions League group stage.

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Incidentally, Aussems, who has a giant frame, trademark grey beard, and always is clean-shaven, has managed African clubs with the name Leopards before i.e South Africa’s Black Leopards and Congolese club AC Leopards.

He has a reputation as one of the best football coaches in Africa. However, he has struggled to get things going at Leopards, with the team struggling to compete against the likes of Gor Mahia and Tusker in the Kenyan Premier League.

The 55-year-old, with a UEFA Pro licence, has also handled Sudan’s Al Hilal and the Nepal national team. He will debut at the dugout in a domestic cup match against Taita Taveta All-Stars in Wundanyi.

Having started his coaching career in 1992, Auseems has coached football teams in over five countries; Congo, Tanzania, Cameroon, Benin, Sudan, and now Kenya.

The highlight of his coaching career should be when he guided Tanzania’s Simba to the quarter-finals of the African Champions League.

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