AFC Leopards coach bizarrely opts for French in post match briefing

FKFPL AFC Leopards coach bizarrely opts for French in post match briefing

Festus Chuma • 15:14 - 10.02.2023

In a bizarre twist of events, Aussems opted for his native French during the post-match interview.

AFC Leopards coach Patrick Aussems amused journalists when he refused to speak in English after thrashing FC Talanta 6-0 on Thursday.

In a post-match press conference following the emphatic win against FC Talanta, the Belgian national instead used French, saying that he feared being misquoted.

The gaffer was referring to an incident in Bungoma where he called a local journalist stupid during a media briefing.

 "It seems that I have to pay close attention to my language. As my mother language is not English, unless I don't want to shock anyone, I will answer your question in French," the gaffer said.

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Since no journalist could translate, the fourth estate members turned to Leopards' assistant coach Tom Juma.

Aussems, who has been in charge of AFC Leopards coach since February 2021, is currently being investigated by FKF for his comments last Sunday.

After their barren draw against Nzoia Sugar at Sudi Stadium last Sunday, the coach called a journalist stupid for asking him a question.

The coach however took to Twitter to revel about the huge win that broke a number of records for the club. 

The journalist had asked why Aussems did not leave the field, claiming he had been red-carded.

Aussems clarified to the journalist that Leopards’ goalkeeping coach Lawrence Webo had been sent to the stands before charging at the scribe.

"You are stupid, my friend, because the red card was for Webo, not me. So you are stupid. Let me see your name, and do not ask questions anymore," the 57-year-old gaffer said.

It's reported that he will appear at FKF Disciplinary Committee once the investigations by the football governing body are completed.

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AFC Leopards are currently in the fifth position with 25 points from 15 matches, and they will next face Nairobi City Stars on 19th February.

Aussems has been with the Ingwe for the past two seasons since taking over from Tomas Trucha, who resigned from the position in December 2020.

The coach was previously in charge of the South African Premier Soccer League side Black Leopards, a position he had taken following his dismissal as Simba Sports Club coach.

The former Standard Liege player once served as the Technical Director at the Benin Football Federation and later as Squirrels coach and is remembered for guiding them to the Africa Cup of Nations.

He has had stints at Congolese side AC Leopards and Sudanese giants Al-Hilal Omdurman.