Kitambi still a Leopards coach, affirms Namai

Kitambi still a Leopards coach, affirms Namai

AFC Leopards Chief Executive Officer Ronald Namai has insisted Tanzanian Dennis Kitambi is still in office as co-assistant coach with Tom Juma, despite reports that he has resigned.

Kitambi was hired by the former tactician Englishman Stewart Hall to take charge as an analysis and statistics expert in December 2016, having worked together at Azam FC in Tanzania.

Namai confirmed Kitambi attended the teams’ training on Thursday, underscoring he was still in the Ingwe technical bench.

“I can confirm Kitambi is in training with the team this moment and he will be with the team until further notice,” Namai affirmed.

Kitambi has a one-year contract with Ingwe, but the restructuring of the technical bench that has been ongoing since the departure of Hall has raised concerns over his future.

The final announcement of the technical bench is expected to be made on on Friday, with Team Manager Tony Lidonde and goalkeeper trainer Alex Mwangi already axed.

However, the much awaited communication could be delayed as awaiting the return of Chairman Dan Mule who flew out of the country on Wednesday.

The 13-time champions have so far  three vacant posts, head coach, TM and goalkeeper trainer. Robert Matano whose last stint in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) was at Ulinzi Stars is expected to be confirmed the head coach.

Since 2013, coaches have come and gone without exceeding six months at the den, a factor deemed to have contributed to poor performance in the topflight.

Ingwe which derives its biggest support from the Mulembe nation has failed to win the league since 1998.

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