AFC Leopards have denied reports that head coach Dennis Kitambi has asked to leave the club. Media reports had claimed that Kitambi, who has had a bright start as Leopards coach, wants to quit the Den and join his former boss Stewart Hall in Bangladesh but the club hierarchy has disputed the claims.
“This position is not only untrue but also aimed at destabilising the team which is performing very well at the moment. Kitambi remains our coach and any changes to the technical bench will be only communicated by the NEC not any other source,” read part of a statement signed by Leopards chairman Dan Mule and secretary general Oscar Igaida.
Although still premature to evaluate his ability, Kitambi seems to be the antidote the team needed after spine-chilling performances which had left their fans disappointed. Since Robert Matano’s sacking last month, Leopards have been a joy to watch, scoring many goals and winning watches with ease which lends credence on why the management is overly keen to have the Tanzanian-born Kitambi around as they head-hunt for his assistant.
Barely a week after Ingwe bounced back with back-to-back victories over Wazito and Mathare United, they bagged their third win, this time against bogey opponents Kakamega Homeboyz on Sunday.
Leopards’ 2-1 win over Homeboyz not only underlined their status as one of the trickiest sides but also moved them to within a touching distance of table-toppers Gor Mahia who were in action in the Africa Champions League away to Esperance in Tunisia.
The new development rekindles memories of yesteryear when Leopards and Gor took the top positions with either of them eventually clinching the title, but for how long the two giants will occupy the slots remain to be seen.
However, the talking point at the weekend was the nine-goal thriller in Sofapaka’s 5-4 win over Tusker, the highest score line this year, only coming short of the 5-2 loss the brewers suffered at the hands of Nzoia Sugar early in the season.
Goals by Hashi Sempala, Apollo Otieno, Mattherws Odongo and Jackson Macharia for Tusker coupled with a brace each from Umaru Kasumba and Kepha Aswani settled the contest in the match played in a mud-bath in Machakos.
The weekend result is bound to worry Tusker who are not even in the top 10 positions amidst doubts as to whether they can reclaim the title they last won in 2016.