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Crisis at Leopards: Assistant coach Kitambi quits as club courts Matano

AFC Leopards assistant coach Dennis Kitambi is the latest technical bench official to walk out of the club.

But even as Kitambi exits Ingwe, the club is said to be on the verge of appointing Robert Matano is the new head coach.

In what is fast turning into a crisis, Nairobi News understands the Tanzania trainer handed in his resignation at the club secretariat on Tuesday.

It is however yet to be established why Kitambi has resigned, but his impending departure perhaps best highlights the growing confusion within the club’s management.

Signs have been there that the former Ndanda FC (Tanzania) coach is unsettled in Nairobi, especially as he remained in Tanzania after the team’s participation at the SportPesa Super Cup tournament last month.

Barely six months into his job, Kitambi is the fifth technical bench official to quit the club in the past month alone.


English coach Stewart Hall, who hired Kitambi following the duo’s stint at Tanzanian club Azam, was the first to resign at the end of May.

He was replaced by Romanian Dorian Marin who only managed the first team for 13 days and two games, before being shoved out by the management.

Marin is however still residing in Nairobi at the expense of the club, as he awaits to agree on a compensation settlement.

Next to leave were team manager Tony Lidonde and goalkeeping trainer Alex Mwangi who were sacked on Tuesday.

“I wish to advise you that the National Executive Committee in its meeting held on Monday 3rd July 2017 reached an agreement to terminate the same (your appointment) with immediate effect,” Lidonde’s termination letter reads in part.

Leopards first team is currently being handled by caretaker coach Tom Juma whose future at the club is now unclear with Matano’s impending return to the den.