Local academy man named Leopards coach

Monday January 10 2011

Dennis Okeyo | DAILY NATION Leopards players in training on January 10, 2010. The will have a new coach for the new season.

Dennis Okeyo | DAILY NATION Leopards players in training on January 10, 2010. The will have a new coach for the new season. 

By SAMMY KITULA

Former local soccer academy coach Robert Bollen is the new AFC Leopards coach.

Bollen, who worked with Jean Marie and Juliana (JMJ) Academy, will be assisted by Eliud Omukuywa, an uncompromising defender in days at the defunct Kakamega outfit Motcom FC.

Robert Matano retains his post as a team manager, while MacDonald Mariga’s father, Noah Wanyama is the club’s technical advisor.

The Brazil-trained Belgian was on Monday unveiled in absentia, as the new recruits trained under Matano.

“We want to have a formidable side this season. In the end of the transfer window, we want to have a team of 26 senior players and four from the junior team,” said Matano.

Last season, several players from JMJ Academy were been loaned Leopards for one year, making the academy the centre for talent.

Bernard Onyango has replaced Tony Lidonde as the club’s team manager and will be assisted by Haggai Malenya.

AFC Leopards who finished 12th last season, laid off five senior players ahead of the new season.

Among those dropped is veteran goalkeeper Lawrence Webo, Frankline Osama, Gregory Nyapala, William Mafavi and Ken Omunyini.