The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Portuguese Option

AFC Leopards Chairman Alex Ole Magelo admits Portuguese manager Vitor Salvado could be the club's next coach.

'Ingwee are on the lookout for a new technical team after parting ways with the entire coaching staff including coach Jan Koops and assistant Mickey Weche.

The tacticians were dismissed after failing to meet the administrator's expectations for the season. Besides Salvado, the club has also received various applications from various candidates including Croatian Miroslav Buljan and Serbian Zeljko Markov.

"I have asked (Salvado) to furnish me with a detailed work plan on how he intends to make this team winners in Kenya and the region. The club has invested heavily on the playing staff and the sponsors also deserve much better returns. Last season we finished trophy-less and let go of a sizeable point margin in the league. This cannot happen again"

The 42-year-old tactician is a Uefa licensed coach who has previously handled several second and third tier teams in the Portuguese set up. He is currently in charge of the Benfica (Portuguese Super Liga) reserve team. Salvado has also been a director of Afriq football Academy located in Benin. Besides, Salvador claims to have coached Manchester United star Nani and former Sporting Lisbon and Fiorentina defensive midfielder Miguel Veloso during their teenage days.

"Kenyan football has a lot of potential and I think AFC Leopards can really be a succesful club as long as discipline is instilled in players on and off the pitch. I have offers from Bunnamwaya (Uganda) and Canon Yaounde (Cameroon), but I really want to manage in Kenya and preferably at AFC Leopards," said the Portuguese coach.

Elsewhere, Kenya Premier League side, Muhoroni Youth are seeking to sign seven new players ahead of the next season. Head coach Alfred Imonje said he intends to sign three strikers, an equal number of midfielders and a goal keeper.

"I am aware that some of my players are being targeted by other clubs and that is why I want to beef up the squad before the season starts," he said yesterday in Kakamega.

Muhoroni Youth finished this season in position 14 with 29 points after losing 1-0 to Western Stima in their last league match at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega. Imonje said that he plans a pre-season outing to one of the a neighbouring countries immediately after the Christmas holidays for He said he will use the tour as a yardstick to gauge the players ahead of the next season. "The next season is going to be tough and we must be ready to ensure we are in contention for the top honours.

He predicted that next season was going to be tough given the small margin in points separating clubs in the second leg of last season. "We will not underrate any team but we will definitely be the team to watch," he said.

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