NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 19- Englishman Stewart John Hall has been appointed the new AFC Leopards head coach, the Kenyan Premier League club has announced.
Hall, who previously worked with Sofapaka FC and his last engagement being in Tanzania with Azam FC, beat Ugandan Sam Timbe and Frenchman Didier Gomes de La Rosa who were the three shortlisted candidates to fill the void left after Ivan Minnaert was sacked.
“Among the three, he was the best pick. Sam Timbe was also a front runner but Hall beat him on very small details. An example is his youth policy because he has very good plans on the same. As a club, that is one of the things we are very keen on,” AFC Leopards deputy Secretary General Elijah Omung’ala told Capital Sport.
“He also has some very good record with Azam and also during his time at Sofapaka, he did well. Having been to Kenya, he knows the terrain very well, he knows the Kenyan game and it won’t take him a lot of time to get used to things,” added the Ingwe official.
Hall, who left Azam after the conclusion of Tanzania’s 2015/2016 season in April, is expected in the country next week to start his new job and Omung’ala said they will give the coach a free hand to choose his assistant.
“We want to do things differently and we’ll let the coach do his job without interference. He will have a technical bench he wishes for and will be given a free hand to recruit players and have a pre-season he desires,” Omung’ala added.
Stand in coach Ezekiel Akwana speaking to Capital Sport had said he would be ready to work with an expatriate.
“I will be ready to work with anyone more experienced who will be appointed to be the team coach because at the end of the day, all we want is to make the team better,” Akwana said.
AFC Leopards are placed 12th on the KPL standings and are chasing for a top eight finish.
Hall will be available to watch the remaining for games of the season but Omung’ala says his term will start proper in December when he starts the process of recruiting new players.