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Chippo quits cash-strapped Den

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Former AFC Leopards assistant head coach, Yusuf Chippo. Chippo quit the Den on Thursday. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

Former AFC Leopards assistant head coach, Yusuf Chippo. Chippo quit the Den on Thursday. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, August 13- Yusuf Chippo has quit as the assistant head coach of AFC Leopards plunging the Den to fresh crisis on Thursday.

Chippo who has been the brave face for the team through their crisis-riddled season threw in the towel after failing to get assurances from the club’s hierarchy that their long running pay dispute would be resolved soon.

Former player and later Sofapaka head coach, Ezekiel Akwana, who was the second assistant now takes over the Den until the end of the season.

“I decided to call it a day since the situation shows no sign of improving and I don’t want to spoil my reputation. Fans demand results every time and when players are not paid, it’s difficult to motivate them,” the experienced tactician told Capital Sport.

Chippo was appointed last December after Dutchman Hendrik Pieter de Jongh was fired by then chairman Allan Kasavuli and in February, Croat Zradvko Logarusic was brought in as head coach.

The former Harambee Stars assistant leaves Leopards in fifth having been in charge for the last for matches where Leopards drew one and lost three, the latest a 1-0 reverse to Ulinzi Stars on Wednesday.

“I’m afraid of it also but I believe we will train this week, I don’t know, I don’t know,” Chippo said when asked whether he expected players to resume training Thursday to prepare for their Mashemeji Derby clash against Gor Mahia Sunday week.

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