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Ingwe turn to Belgian Eymael as coach


LUC-EYMAELNAIROBI, Kenya, April 4- The Belgian groove in Kenyan football continues after leading club AFC Leopards hired their national Luc Eymael as their new head coach.

Eymael is reportedly on his way to Mumias to link up with his new side that notched up their second Tusker Premier League win of the season by beating promoted Kakamega Homeboyz 3-0 on Wednesday.

He is the second Belgian national to ply his trade in the country in two months following the hiring of compatriot Adel Amrouche to manage Harambee Stars.

Eymael to replaces Tom Olaba who was sacked earlier this week and according to the club’s vice chairman Walter Onyino, the Belgian arrived in the country on Wednesday night.

“The coach has arrived. Clearing through immigration,” Onyino Tweeted.

The 54-year old coach holds a Uefa A Pro Licence from the Federal School of Trainers in Belgium and has previously coached Congolese side Vita Club, Missiles FC from Gabon and recently Algerian side MC Oran.

Team manager, Nicholas Muyoti, was the stand in coach in the team’s 3-0 win over Homeboyz where a Noah Wafula’s double and a late strike from Allan Wanga sealed their second win of the season.

Ingwe fired Olaba, a former national team coach, following a run of one win in five matches allegedly to ‘protect him from the wrath of fans’.

Eymael becomes the second Belgian in three years to manage at Leopards after the ill fated short stint of Robert Bollen who coached Ingwe for only one game.

Earlier speculation linked Harambee Stars assistant coach, James Nandwa and a return of Dutchman Jan Koops who was fired at the end of last season to the vacant position.