NAIROBI, Kenya, April 10 – Limping giants, AFC Leopards have sacked head coach James Nandwa and appointed former Harambee Stars custodian and their goalkeeper trainer, Washington Muhanji, on an interim role.
Club Secretary General George Aladwa confirmed the development Thusday announcing they are set to unveil their new coach next week.
“I confirm that Nandwa and his assistant Mickey Weche have been sacked and will immediately be replaced by Muhanji who will be in charge on Saturday when we host Nairobi City Stars.
“I call upon fans to maintain patience and turn out in large numbers in Mumias to support our team,” Aladwa told Capital Sport.
This comes barely less than 24 hours after the Harambee Stars assistant coach slumped to his second Kenyan Premier League defeat of the season following their 1-0 loss to newcomers KRA at Safaricom Kasarani Stadium.
Nandwa has been under pressure with fans demanding his departure after only chalking two wins in eight KPL games played, drawing four and losing two to see Ingwe sitting 10th on the log with 10 points.
He failed to take Ingwe past the first round of the CAF Confederations Cup after they were eliminated by South Africa’s SuperSport United on 4-2 goal aggregate.
Nandwa was appointed on interim basis last September, replacing Belgian Luc Eymael, who was shown the door after a series of poor performances that saw the entire technical bench that comprised of assistant Nicholas Muyoti and Team Manager Francis Xavier fired.
Xavier was later reinstated in Nandwa’s technical line-up while club’s former playing hero Mickey Weche, was named his assistant.
He was confirmed head coach after leading Leopards to the GOtv Shield title and a second finish in the league as arch rivals Gor Mahia lifted the title for the first time in 18 years.
However, things turned sour for Nandwa as he went four consecutive matches without victory at the start of the KPL season.
This ignited Ingwe fans who waited the soft spoken coach to pick a draw against Chemelil Sugar in KPL’s round six match at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium and demand for his resignation while chanting ‘Nandwa must go’ forcing the club’s stewards to escort him away from the charged supporters.
Nandwa’s second victory against debutants Top Fry Nakuru, muted the volume but it did not take long before they piled pressure on the Executive Committee to sack him after their loss to KRA.