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New Leopards mentor seeks redemption

19 May 2014, 12:04

Nairobi - Newly appointed head coach for embattled AFC Leopards, Hendrik Pieter de Jong, is confident of a positive stint at the helm of the side.

He will be on the hot seat on Thursday when the only Kenyan representative competes in the East and Central African Championship (CECAFA) Nile Basin tournament.

De Jong, who arrived in the country on Saturday, takes over from the expelled James Nandwa, who was shown the door some five weeks ago.

The Dutch coach will start training with the team on Monday as he prepares AFC Leopards for the CECAFA Championship in Sudan.

“I'm hoping to have a good time in Kenya and help AFC Leopards win titles," de Jong said.

AFC Leopards will content with 16 other club representatives from both East and Central Africa comprising countries such as Burundi, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Zanzibar

Winners of the tournament will walk away with Sh 2,6 million while runners-up and third winners will pocket Sh1,72m and Sh860 000 respectively.

CECAFA Groups:

Group A
Al-Merreikh (Sudan)
Victoria University of Uganda (Uganda)
Malakia (South Sudan)
Police of Zanzibar(Zanzibar)

Group B
AFC Leopards (Kenya)
FA champions Elman (Somalia)
Mbeya City (Tanzania)
Merreikh Al-Fasher (Sudan)

Group C
Al-Ahli Shandi (Sudan)
Defence (Ethiopia)
Dhkil (Djibouti)
Al Masry (Egypt)

Group D
Flambeu (Burundi)
Enticelles (Rwanda)
Arab Contractors (Egypt). 

 - CAJ News

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