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Coach lays out strategy for AFC Leopards

AFC Leopards coach Ivan Minnaert says he is seeking to end his team’s worrying run of conceding first in competitive matches.

Speaking to Nairobi News moments after receiving Coach of the Month Award for March, on Tuesday in Nairobi, the Belgian tactician also confirmed he will be donating 25 percent of the Sh50,000 cash prize to charity.

Under Minnaert, Leopards have won five games, drawn one and lost one of his seven competitive games so far this season.

However, the team has conceded first in all the matches save for one they beat rivals Gor Mahia 1-0.

In their last match, on Sunday, Leopards conceded against Sofapaka in the opening minute but rallied to win 2-1.


“We always try and find out why that happens (conceding first). We are conscious of that and trying to improve. However, I think this team has already made a huge improvement since I came in,” Minnaert said.

Leopards are currently joint leaders in the Kenyan Premier League on 17 points alongside Tusker FC and Mathare United.

During the presentation, the coach received a Sh50,000 cheque and a trophy in the presence of his excited players.

“Fans will have the possibility to choose the charity on the official AFC Leopards Facebook page,” Minnaert said of his intentions to donate part of the money to charity.

The award is an initiative between the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) and sponsors Fidelity Insurance.