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Massive clear-out looms as Hall promises radical surgery at AFC

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AFC Leopards coach Stewart Hall gives instructions to Cresten Mwanzo at half time. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu
AFC Leopards coach Stewart Hall gives instructions to Cresten Mwanzo at half time. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 7- The under-performers at AFC Leopards have been put on notice after new head coach Stewart Hall promised a radical surgery at the club as he seeks to return them to their glory days.

The Englishman, formerly with Azam FC in Tanzania said journeymen and players who won’t work for the team have their days numbered, adding he will take no prisoners in ensuring the credibility of the club is restored in 2017.

“Well league tables don’t lie. They (Tusker) are champions because they are the best. We are 13th because that’s where we are. There’s going to be a radical change. I haven’t come here to mess around I have come here to win things.”

“I have never finished 13th with any team I have coached. I have always been top two. Surely, looking at this season’s performance, there will be a radical overhaul,” the tactician told Capital Sport after taking charge for the first time in the side’s 1-0 loss to Tusker FC on Sunday.

Already, the side has sacked four players in Lucas Indeche, Edwin Wafula, Yussuf Juma and Kepha Aswani and Capital Sport understands more are on the line to leave the club after failing to impress Hall in the last week of training.

AFC Leopards coach Stewart Hall gives his half time pep talk during his first match in charge against Tusker FC on November 6, 2016. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu
AFC Leopards coach Stewart Hall gives his half time pep talk during his first match in charge against Tusker FC on November 6, 2016. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

The tactician supported the executive’s decision to axe the four players and said it was no problem for him to have a leaner squad for the Tusker match, instead choosing to focus on next season and not on the single game remaining this season.

Leopards produced a much improved performance against Tusker and Hall was impressed much with how his side performed, only lamenting their poor defending on set pieces.

“I watched the Sofapaka performance and I thought this was ten times better. We showed good discipline and a good team shape. I didn’t think they would break us up because we defended very well. I told them at half time the biggest danger is set pieces because they are a big team. We ended up conceding from the same,” the tactician offered.

Ingwe will play their last match of the season at home against Muhoroni Youth in Mumias and from there, Hall will begin the process of cleaning up the club.

The coach was non committal however on the targets next season, only promising they will do better and get into ‘at least one final’.

‘We have to do better, really. We have no choice otherwise I will not be here at a time like this next season,” Hall told Capital Sport.

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