Marin asked to step aside and await decision on Tuesday

By alex wafula
Jun 23, 2017
  • Dorian Marin, the 12th AFC Leopards coach in four years could have the shortest stint. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

The AFC Leopards management will on Tuesday morning meet and make a decision on the future of coach Dorian Marin, barely a fortnight after the Romanian arrived in the country to take over as the club’s boss.

Marian came in to replace Briton Stewart Hall who left citing family reasons, but the former Eritrean national team coach might go down in history as the shortest serving AFC Leopards coach.

Dan Mule, the AFC Leopards chairman has told Sports News Arena that a section of the club’s management is of the opinion that the coach is not the best pick for the job.

However, the final decision on whether he will stay or not will be delivered after a full executive committee meeting.

“He was yet to sign a contract with us and he had come in for us to negotiate. But between when he came and now, we have noticed a few things that we didn’t think go well with us and we told him to step aside before we make a decision,” Mule told Sports News Arena.

The 57-year old arrived in the country and jetted straight to Tanzania where Ingwe were playing in the SportPesa Super Cup where he took charge of two matches.

His first stint in the league was in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Mathare United.

The club has meanwhile drafted in former Kenyan international Tom Juma into the technical bench to work alongside Tanzanian Dennis Kitambi before making a final decision.

“We are unlikely to hire a new coach if we come to the unanimous decision that Marin should go. Tom and Kitambi will take charge of the team till the end of the season,” Mule added.

A game of musical chairs

The AFC Leopards coaching job has been more or less of a game of musical chairs with the club hiring 12 coaches over the last 4 years.

Tom Olaba, Luc Eymael, James Nandwa, Abdallah Juma, Pieter de Jongh, Jan Koops, Zdravko Logarusic, Ezekiel Akwana, Ivan Minnaert, Stewart Hall and now Dorian Marin.

Juma, who has been brought in after spending six months in the cold after his exit from Muhoroni Youth will become the 13th man to sit at the helm of the club.

His first assignment will come in this weekend when Ingwe travel to Kisumu to take on Dero FC in a GOtv Shield clash.

AFC Leopards won the shield in 2013 under James Nandwa who was sacked the following season. The club has not won over the last eight domestic fixtures and a win in Kisumu against the lowly Dero will be a morale booster.

The Kenyan Premier League takes a break this weekend with teams shifting their gears to the domestic cup.

Save for four teams, all the other KPL clubs will be in action with defending champions Tusker FC starting up their 2017 campaign in Mombasa against lower tier side SS Assad.

George Nsimbe, the Tusker FC coach says he will not be gambling on his side’s chances by fielding a weaker team despite playing a side ranked a few divisions lower than them.

“Cup games are very tricky and for us the focus remains to defend our two titles. We don’t want to risk so there is no way we will make many changes to the team. We can’t underrate them because we don’t know how they play and we don’t know what to expect,” Nsimbe said.

Tusker enjoying good form

The brewers who are enjoying decent form with a run of eight unbeaten matches, seven of them wins have vowed they will take each game seriously.

Nsimbe says they have learnt their lessons from their poor start to the season and will not be taking things lightly.

Last year’s finalists Ulinzi Stars will be in Machakos taking on Nairobi Regional League side Wajiji FC coached by former Gor Mahia forward Dan Makori.

Benjamin Nyangweso, the Ulinzi Stars coach has cautioned his charges not to underrate Wajiji and just like Nsimbe says he will not make major changes.

“They are young boys and they will come to try and prove a point against us. We can’t afford to take them lightly because our target this season is to do better than last season and go ahead and win the trophy. Even if I will make changes, they will not be more than three,” Nyangweso said.

Sofapaka FC, the 2014 champions will play in the early kick off against local side Silver Bullets while Kariobangi Sharks who reached the semis last year will be in Bungoma to play hosts Bungoma Sharks.

GOtv Shield select fixtures

Saturday: Timsales v SoNy Sugar (Afraha Stadium) Uweza FC v Bandari (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos), Bungoma Superstars v Kariobangi Sharks (Sudi Stadium) -3 p.m., Dero FC v AFC Leopards (Moi Stadium, Kisumu) – 4:15 p.m.

Sunday: SS Assad v Tusker FC (Mbaraki Complex)- 3 p.m, Silver Stars v Sofapaka (1 p.m.), Wajiji v Ulinzi Stars (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos),- 3:15 p.m, Nairobi Water v Gor Mahia (Thika Stadium)- 4:15 p.m.