Dutchman Koops to coach AFC Leopards

Jul 01, 2011

AFC Leopards continue to dominate local football headlines,this time on the technical front.
Leopards have appointed a new head coach and relegated Nick Yakhama to the assistant’s position.

The new man at Leopards is Jan Koops a 70 year old Dutchman whose first responsibility is to turn around the fortunes of the club and re-assure the impatient fans .
Leopards are struggling to make an impact in the KPL and have not won in the last five outings.

“I have been told to take over as head coach but we will be working closely with Yakhama to turn around the club.  We are equal here and I just want to share with the team what I know,” he said.

Koops is a retired former coach having handled several clubs in Holland and Germany. His most recent club was Vichttal 08 in Holland.Yakhama welcomed the move and said it will help the club to go forward.

“It has been difficult working alone after my former assistant was fired. Sometimes I had to take on the role of the  goalkeeping coach and analysing the match on the bench alone has not been easy,” said Yakhama.

Yakhama has been under a lot of pressure to deliver since joining the club two months ago from Chemelil Sugar.

In five matches, he has only won against  Bandari and the latest defeat was to Sofapaka on Wednesday when the team went down 3-1 at Nyayo Stadium.

Elsewhere, the controversial  KPL match pitting Gor Mahia against Sony Sugar earlier planned for Saturday in Nakuru has been called off.

The match will now be played at a later date to be announced by the KPL. Sony had threatened not to honor the match after it was pushed to Afraha Stadium instead of being played at Awendo.

KPL ordered that the match be played in Nakuru over security concerns. Gor Mahia have a huge fan base of travelling supporters and according to KPL cannot fit at the Awendo Stadium.   


Gina Tivona

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