AFC Leopards last won the domestic title way back in 1998.
The Question is can Nikola Kavazovic restore the clubs glory?
AFC Leopards on Friday unveiled Serbian Nikola Kavazovic as the club’s new head coach on a two-year deal.
The 43-year-old Serbian signed a two-year deal with Ingwe to replace Rodolfo Zapata, who, ironically took his place at Township Rollers in Botswana.
Kavazovic arrived in the country on Monday and held his first training session with the team a day later.
During his unveiling, the Serbian urged fans to be patient as he seeks to end the 20-year wait for a Kenyan Premier League title at the Den.
“I’m grateful to the management of AFC Leopards for giving me an opportunity to coach this great club. In my contract I must finish the league in the top two and I need the support of everybody,” said Kavazovic, who will be assisted by Marko Vasiljevic.
“The management has informed me that the fans just want the title and nothing else. I’m a coach who doesn’t promise anything, but if I fail in the first season, I will do something big for them in the second season. We might struggle for results in the first season, but fans should expect a different Ingwe in the 2019/20 season,” underlined the Serb who won a double – Botswana Premier League and Mascom Top 8 Cup – with Township Rollers FC in his first season at the club.
— Kelly Ayodi (@AyodiKelly) November 5, 2018
“I have won trophies elsewhere including six in Asia. I have been asked to bring trophies to this big club but I need support from all stakeholders. As usual, I will always take any responsibility for any loss,” urged the 43-year-old coach who has also coached in Europe and Asia.
SERBIAN NICOLA KAVAZOVIC IS NOW AFC LEOPARDS COACH:
AFC Leopards Secretary Oscar Igaida says, “the Club has settled for Nicola Kavazovic as the New Coach replacing Rodolfo Zapata from Argentina.” Nicola has identified 3 foreign Coaches to help him bring glory to the ‘Ingwe’ Den. pic.twitter.com/8q4bsNgX0R
— Ministry Of Sports, Culture And Heritage (@moscakenya) October 29, 2018
Meanwhile, Leopards Secretary General Oscar Igaida confirmed former international Lawrence Webo has replaced Matthew “Ottamax” Owino as goalkeeper trainer.
Igaida also announced that the club is on the verge of signing four new players and parted ways with nine most of who did not find enough playing time last season.
Mike Kibwage, Edwin Mukolwe, Clyde Senaji, Marcus Abwao and Prince Arkoh are among the nine.
The four acquisitions will be announced once the club finalises negotiations.