Former AFC Leopards coach slams Ingwe & Gor Mahia’s obsession with foreign tacticians

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FOOTBALL Former AFC Leopards coach slams Ingwe & Gor Mahia’s obsession with foreign tacticians

Joel Omotto 07:34 - 23.11.2023

The former AFC Leopards coach has hit out at Ingwe and K’Ogalo for their tendency to hire foreign tacticians over local ones

Former AFC Leopards head coach Tom Juma has criticised Ingwe and Gor Mahia for their preference of foreign coaches over local ones.

Juma left Leopards in October following a poor start to the season that saw them fail to win any of their first six matches before he was replaced by Czech national Tomas Trucha.

The former Leopards player had been serving as an assistant to Patrick Aussems and was handed the reigns when the Belgian tactician quit in July.

Juma feels his exit was not just down to results but also orchestrated by some forces from within who were not comfortable with his appointment as they preferred a foreign coach.

“You can always blame the fans but there are some things that come from within. Even now since I left, they have not been doing well but everything seems okay,” said Juma.

“We are so used to foreign coaches, we think they are the only ones who can get us out of trouble or win us league titles.

“We have that perception and it is in the minds of fans of Leopards and Gor Mahia that only foreign coaches can succeed at those clubs.

“So, when you put in a local and things do not go well like we had, it becomes a death sentence.”

Leopards, just like Gor Mahia, have had a huge influx of foreign coaches in recent years with only Juma, Anthony Kimani, and Robert Matano their local tacticians since 2012, a period when they have hired 18 coaches.

Meanwhile, Gor Mahia have hired four local coaches and 11 foreign since 2010. However, unlike Ingwe, K’Ogalo’s foreign tacticians have seemed to deliver.

Scottish coach Bobby Williamson ended Gor Mahia’s 18-year title drought in 2013 before his compatriot Frank Nuttal took over and steered them to the 2014 and 2015 league wins.

Englishman Dylan Kerr won the 2017 and 2018 KPL crowns before Turkish tactician Hasan Oktay claimed the 2019, handing over the mantle to Finish coach Steven Pollack, who led them through the Covid-19-disrupted 2019-20 season which ended prematurely with Gor Mahia handed the title.

Current coach Johnathan McKinstry from Northern Ireland arrived last year and led them to a record-extending 20th league crown in 2022-23.

For Leopards, it has been disappointment over the years, failing to mount a formidable title challenge, with their last trophy, the FKF Cup, coming in 2017 under Matano.

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