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New AFC Leopards coach calls for patience

Friday November 9 2018

New AFC Leopards coach Nikola Kavazovic (right) addresses a press conference flanked by AFC Leopards Secretary General Oscar Igaidi (left) during his unveiling at the club's offices at Vision Plaza, Nairobi on November 9, 2018. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

New AFC Leopards coach Nikola Kavazovic (right) addresses a press conference flanked by AFC Leopards Secretary General Oscar Igaidi (left) during his unveiling at the club's offices at Vision Plaza, Nairobi on November 9, 2018. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By JOHN ASHIHUNDU
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AFC Leopards on Friday unveiled Serbian Nikola Kavazovic as the club's new head coach on a two-year deal.

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.

New AFC Leopards Coach Nikola Kavazovic during his unveiling at the club's offices in Vision Plaza, Nairobi on November 9, 2018. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

New AFC Leopards Coach Nikola Kavazovic during his unveiling at the club's offices in Vision Plaza, Nairobi on November 9, 2018. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

“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.

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.

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