Kitambi to help Zapata pick local assistant

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards’ Dennis Kitambi will help new head coach Zapata pick a local assistant coach. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 18- Before he departs for his Bangladesh sojourn, AFC Leopards interim coach Dennis Kitambi will assist incoming boss Rodolfo Zapata in picking his assistant coach with the Argentine expected in the country this week.AFC settled on Zapata after combing through over 20 CVs and according to Chairman Dan Mule, they have faith that the South American’s experience in the continent will be vital in assisting the team win the Kenyan Premier League title for the first time in 20 years. “He has worked in Nigeria, South Africa and Botswana and we were convinced that having been in the continent for so long, he has enough experience. We have carefully examined his CV and we believe his credentials are good enough,” AFC leopards boss Dan Mule told Capital Sport.“When he arrives later this week we will have a meeting with him where we will lay out our plans and ambitions as a club and outline his targets. He will have time with Kitambi and learn a few things as a club and also get advise on who best to pick as assistant coach,” Mule further stated.Zapata will be AFC’s 14th coach in four years but Mule hopes that his arrival will reduce the huge turnover of coaches.Kitambi is set to leave the club on May 8 heading to Bangladesh to undertake coaching course as well as work as Stewart Hall’s assistant at Saif Sporting Club.“Kitambi has done really well for us and we appreciate his role. He stepped in at a crucial time and helped us stabilize the club,” Mule said, paying tribute to the Tanzanian.AFC are currently third in the Kenyan Premier League standings with 18 points, five off leaders Mathare United but with one match at hand.The 51-year old Zapata is currently coaching Botswana top flight side Gaborone United who are placed fifth in their league.Majority of his experience has been in the United States where he has worked with the United States Youth Soccer Academy as well as the Alberta Soccer Association in Canada.In Africa, he first worked in Nigeria where he coached Sunshine FC in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) in 2010 helping them to qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup in 2011.He then moved on to South Africa for the 2011 and 2012 seasons with Mpumalanga Black Aces. Zapata joined Gaborone in 2016 after a stint in the USA where he has worked to date.Zapata started out as a player in the Argentinian 2nd division. He played as goalkeeper in Huracan, Sportivo Italiano, Racing de Olavarría, Club Atlético San Miguel and Cipolletti de Rio Negro.Due to consecutive knee injuries, Zapata retired from playing and he embarked on a managerial career.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Boos for Steve Smith even after his hundred disappointing: Glenn McGrath on Edgbaston crowd

first_imgAustralia bowling great Glenn McGrath expressed his disappointment over the hostile reception received by Steve Smith by certain sections of the English crowd during his innings on the opening day of Ashes 2019.There were boos, chants, and men with masks that had Smith’s crying face as he walked on to bat in the morning session of the 1st Test against England.Former captain Smith hit his 25th test century in only 65 games after returning from 1-year suspension for being involved in a ball-tampering scandal during the third test against South Africa in 2018.Smith was booed even when the Australia batsman got to the 3-figure mark and again when he walked off the ground after being dismissed for 144 at the end of the innings.McGrath added that this was expected at the start but also said that the players themselves had moved on from the scandal.”You’d expect that at the start,” he said. “It was always going to be built up and quite hostile and they were going to give (them) a hard time. We saw it in the World Cup.”But it’s 16 months ago. People make mistakes, they paid the penalty and they’ve moved on.”To see people boo him when he got a hundred, an exceptional innings, is a little bit disappointing. But that’s the way it goes.”Australia recovered from 122-8 to 284 all out against England on the opening day of the Ashes series on Thursday.At Stumps, England were 10 for no loss and were still 274 runs behind.advertisementAlso Read | Doesn’t bother me: Steve Smith on boos from Edgbaston crowd after Ashes hundredAlso See:last_img read more


first_imgCongress still hopes to vote on a new federal farm bill before adjourning for the holidays.U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley expects a vote before the end of next week, but isn’t sure he will vote for it yet:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………..taxpayers money. :20Grassley says he expects the bill will pass regardless if he votes for it or not.last_img