AFC Leopards coach Nikola Kavazovic could be about to dump the club just 43 days after taking over at the den, with reports in South Africa linking him with the vacant role at PSL side Free State Stars.
Nikola left the country on Saturday after informing the Daily Nation he was heading to attend to a relative who was unwell.
Nairobi News has however learnt that the Croatian coach had fallen out with the management after they failed to grant him a salary advance.
He has yet to return, a few weeks to the start of the league season, and Soccer Laduma has now named him as a 'front runner' to take over from Luc Eymael at Free State Stars.
According to the publication, a few other coaches, including Ernst Middendorp and Zlatko Krmpotic are competing against Nikola for the top job at the Bethlehem based outfit.
In the meantime, Selaotse 'Sly' Mosala and David Vilakazi are acting as interim coaches while the search for a new man take charge of the technical bench continues.
"The Serbian-born coach has had talks with Free State Stars," revealed the source.
Nikola was previously linked with Kaizer Chiefs, while Baroka were also keen on his services before the two clubs employed the coaches they currently have.