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Leopards sack coach Koops

Dutchman Jan Koops has been sacked as AFC Leopards coach.

The decision was arrived at after a National Executive Committee meeting held on Thursday decided to fire the entire technical bench after the side failed to win a single trophy in the 2012 season.

This was confirmed by the club’s Chairman Alex Magelo, who said that the decision was arrived at as part of their strategy to start the season on a better footing than they closed the 2012 season.

“We started the year on a positive, but something happened in the second leg. We summoned each member of the technical bench independently seeking their view on what went wrong, because we just let the title slip between our fingers. After a consultative meeting, we have decided to release each member of the current technical bench as we go for a complete overhaul,” said Magelo.

The released members are head coach Jan Koops, his assistants Nicholas Muyoti and Mickey Weche, goalkeeper trainer Mohammed Fwaya and technical director Noah Wanyama.

Koops joined the club mid 2011, as the team was on a downward tumble. He first served as a volunteer, but when his input proved beneficial to the team, he was taken on board as the head coach, leading the club to a respectable fifth-place finish.

Under his watch, the club closed the 2012 season ranked third, after being in title contention from the start up to the last day.


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