AFC Leopards keen on retaining coach Anthony Kimani

  • Dan Shikanda, the Ingwe chairman, revealed the club’s intention to retain coach Anthony Kimani by offering him a long-term contract.

Kimani stepped in Rwandese tactician Cassa Mbungo’s boots and it is noteworthy that he has managed to stabilize the club to the level of Leopards ranking sixth by the time the season was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“He has worked under very difficult conditions and confirmed he can do the job. I don’t think we are in a hurry of getting somebody else,” Shikanda said.

“If somebody performs well, the best thing is to confirm him and reassure him of his position. We are okay with him going forward and we are now looking for a credible playing unit we give him and support him.” He added

Leopards intended to sign top players to reinforce the squad ahead of the next Kenya Premier League season. Shikanda stated that they are talks with some of the club’s transfer targets.

“We are not looking to bring in a big number of players but we want to build the team around what we already have. We will wait and see if some players will leave but we want to keep a hold of all our players and maybe add three experienced players and three youthful ones,” Shikanda revealed.

Shikanda also clarified that the club will not come on the way of any player who intends to exit the squad and will be glad to retain players who intend to remain in AFC Leopards.

“Football is a profession where you decide where you want to play. If you feel AFC is not good, then we will not stand in anyone’s way. If someone believes he is not getting the best where he is and is disgruntled, the best thing is to move,” Shikanda added.

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