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Juma makes swift return at Ingwe


ABDALLAH-JUMANAIROBI, Kenya, April 18 – Sacked KCB head coach, Abdallah Juma has made a swift return to the technical bench after he was appointed the assistant at AFC Leopards on Friday to replace Mickey Weche who was axed alongside his boss James Nandwa a week ago.

Juma was sacked by the Bankers last Sunday after his sixth loss to the season that left KCB rooted at the bottom of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and will know his new boss next week when Ingwe unveil a head coach from overseas.

Also joining the Den is their former forward Richard Madegwa as the Team Manager and coordinator of youth programmes as Washington Muhanji, who has been in charge of the team on an interim role reverting to his position as the goalkeeper trainer.

“I’m delighted to announce the appointment of the two experienced gentlemen who will join as from today (Friday) as we wait to announce our new head coach next week. The process has taken long but it’s because we wanted to get the right people that will steer our team to good performance.

“We urge our members and fans to be patient and give the new technical bench support since as officials we have faith in them,” club secretary, George Aladwa said while making the announcement.

“It’s a good opportunity since Leopards is a big club that has experienced players. My good friend Muhanji has already briefed me on where the team has reached and I can say we are good to go. I’ve spoken with the team doctor who confirmed some of the injured players will be back soon.

“We are waiting for the head coach who will join us next week and I will give him all the support that he needs. I don’t see any pressure coming from fans because some of them have congratulated me and wished me all the best,” the immediate former KCB tactician who was at a loss to explain why he was axed told of his new appointment.

“I have no problem being the assistant because the officials wanted someone who knows Kenyan football well in the technical bench to advice the foreign head coach. I’m up top the task and my aim is to lift Ingwe to the top four where they belong,” the delighted Juma told Capital Sport.

Ingwe who are placed 11th in the KPL log on 11 points and will play Mathare United at Nairobi’s Nyayo Stadium in the mid-week fixture on Wednesday next week.