Amrouche, Logarusic, Timbe top Ingwe wish list
Adel Amrouche, Zdravko Logarusic and Sam Timbe have emerged as front runners for AFC Leopards’ coaching job.
The three foreign coaches have all indicated a willingness to replace the club’s current coach Pieter de Jongh, who is widely expected to quit the role in the next few days, according to well-placed sources within the club’s hierarchy.
De Jongh – a Dutchman – is accused of amongst other issues, failing to perform to the required standards and falling out with a number of senior players during his six-month stint with the team.
“We are meeting this (Friday) evening to discuss De Jongh’s future but already all indications are that he will not lead the team next season.Instead we are looking at a few names here and there who have performed in the past and know the Kenyan Premier League well,” the club’s organizing secretary Timothy Lilumbi told Nairobi News.
Amrouche, who led the national football team to victory at last year’s Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Nairobi, has also managed the Burundi national football team and top Democratic Republic Congo club DC Motema Pembe with relative success.
However, the Algerian born tactician is currently serving a six-month ban slapped on him by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) for misconduct during his tenure as Harambee Stars coach.
Logarusic was sacked by Simba SC in mid this year, a year after joining the Tanzanian club from Gor Mahia where he won three domestic silverware during an 18-month spell.
“I am currently available and open to all offers including managing a passionate club like AFC Leopards. But nothing is done as yet,” Logarusic told Nairobi News.
Timbe, who has previously won the domestic titles in the Rwandan, Ugandan and Tanzanian leagues, guided Sofapaka to the GOtv Shield title this season.
The club’s former coach Luc Eymael was knocked out of the race for the job for “making excessive demands to the club’s management”.
Leopards officials are under pressure from fans and club sponsor Mumias Sugar Company to win titles next season, following a dismal campaign last term, where the team finished trophy-less despite featuring in five competitions locally and internationally.