15 December 2012

Kenya: Ex-Leopards Coach Could Land Coaching Deal At Chemelil

Dutchman Jan Koops flies to Kisumu tomorrow where he is set to have talks with at least two clubs based in the region with a view of taking over as the head coach.

The 71-year-old said his love for the Kenyan Premier League more than financial rewards, had encouraged him to seek an alternative team to coach after parting ways with Leopards. Koops has also been linked with a return to his former club AFC Leopards barely a month after he was fired.

"I love the intensity of the Kenya Premier League. I would not change it for anything that is why I am considering the offers given to me with an open mind. It is rare to see a coach from Europe managing a team for less than Sh200,000 a month," said Koops.

The Dutchman is believed to have been approached by Sony Sugar, Chemelil Sugar and also newly promoted Kakamega Homeboyz.

The coach said despite the manner in which he lost his job at Leopards, he had nothing but love for the 12-time league champions.

"Under my guidance, Leopards improved from fifth position to third and I had no doubt the coming season could have been better. But the club made their decision and we all have to move on. I wish them the best."

Meanwhile, AFC legend Joe Kadenge has urged the club to put their house in order by conducting a recruitment exercise immediately.

Kadenge said it was in bad taste for the club management led by chairman Alex Ole Magelo to chase away the entire technical bench without any adequate replacement to handle the team's affairs.

"In my entire career, I have never seen a team sending away the entire technical bench without any proper replacements," he charged.

The octogenarian former footballer who is recovering from diabetes related complications, said there was no need to have sacked coach Jan Koops if they did not have immediate replacement.

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