Former Kenya’s national football team Harambee Stars captain Anthony Kimani has been appointed as the caretaker coach of AFC Leopards.
The AFC management handed Kimani who was the deputy to Andre Casa Mbungo will take charge in the interim following the exit of the Rwandese national as Ingwe’s coach.
He will team up on the technical bench with AFC’s operations manager Tom Juma also a seasoned central midfielder for both AFC Leopards and Harambee Stars.
Kimani, who captained Leopards, Mathare United and Harambee Stars during his successful, playing career as a central defender, will face his litmus test in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) fixture against Zoo Kericho on Sunday in Kakamega.
He will team up with AFC’s operations manager Tom Juma also a seasoned central midfielder for both AFC Leopards and Harambee Stars on the technical bench.
Kimani said despite the team facing economic hardships his player will overcome the challenges and post good results.
“Yes, we have financial challenges which are not unique in the league as most of the teams in are facing similar problems. I’ve psyched up my players soldier on as soldiers in a battlefield not be deterred and post positive results,” said Kimani, who won the Kenyan Premier League title in 2008 with Mathare United.
Leopards are currently placed in seventh place on the Kenyan Premier League log. The team is unbeaten in its last five outings in the competition.
“I thank Mbungo for helping me start a career in coaching. I thank him for the mentorship and the memories will forever be etched in my minds. We have a game on Sunday and the plan is to win to maintain the good form we had going into the festive season,” said Kimani.
The 52 year old Mbungo, gave Kimani his first coaching role at Leopards.
Mbungo who terminated his contract with the club in the wake of a pay-dispute, who spent eleven months at Leopards, has been linked with the vacant coaching role at Rwandan giants Rayon Sport.