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KoopsAfter parting ways with Sportpesa Premier League (SPL) side AFC Leopards four years ago, coach Jan Koops makes a comeback at the troubled den, Ghetto Radio Sports can reveal.

The Dutchman was appointed to take over after former coach Croatian Zdravako Logarusic is reported to have abandoned the second most successful club in Kenya after a dispute over payment.

Despite engineering Ingwe to a third place finish during the 2012 campaign, Koops was surprisingly axed by the management who had questioned his fielding and tactical approach then.

Speaking to a local daily, Koops who will be aided by former Kenya international midfielder Tom Juma, was delighted by the appointment saying he is ready to up his tools for Leoprads who are adapting his tactical way of play.

“I’m taking up the job immediately because AFC is my team and will remain my team forever.I’m happy they have given me an assistant (Tom Juma) who understands my tactics.” Elated Koop told Daily Nation Sports.

“The last time I was in charge at Ingwe I helped them finish third; but the problem with Leopards and Gor Mahia is, only number one counts.” He further added.

“But I’m happy they had started playing good football after adopting my style. I’m kindly asking the fans to give me time to perform.”

An interim AFC Leopards management committee comprising of factions led by Matthew Opwora and Dan Mule exercised a directive issued by the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) to appoint Koops.

The new manager will begin his duties immediately and will officially kick-off training with the club on Wednesday January 6.

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Wycliffe Ojiambo