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Former AFC leopards lands another international job

by Paul Nyongesa
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Former AFC leopards lands another international job

Former AFC Leopards tactician Zapata Rodolfo has been appointed as Fiji U-20 coach.

The former goalkeeper, who was in charge of Kenyan giants AFC Leopards for a short stint in 2018 says he is in Fiji, a nation known for rugby prowess to make football big business.

“To see the quality of the players that we have I was positive and that’s the reason why I told the president Yes, because of the quality of players, of course, it’s not going to be an easy competition, we need to work in a progressive way to not confuse our players but we need to have clear objectives.” he is quoted by FBC news.

Fiji football president Rajesh Patel has full confidence in Zapata ahead of the U20 World Cup that starts in May. The tournament will be hosted by Indonesia. He has promised good preparations for the team.

“There will be camps in Mexico in Asia before they go to Indonesia for the world cup so that is the biggest announcement that we have given and we’ve given the players the best so that we cannot be in numbers in the world cup but be a dominant team that we can compete with anyone else.”


FC inflicted more misery on AFC Leopards, beating them 2-1 in a Football Kenya Federation Premier League, FKFPL match played at Muhoroni Stadium on Saturday.

Ingwe as Leopards are headed into the tie against a backdrop of a heavy 4-1 loss to Bidco United last weekend and needed to redeem themselves, but Got Alila only had more pain for them in store.

Victor Omune put them ahead with a well worked goal in the 22nd, but the lead could only last a few minutes as the hosts leveled in the 37th minute through Clinton.

The game was settled at 1-1 at half time.

Wazito, who picked their first win of the season in a 2-1 win at Vihiga Bullets on Wednesday, came back stronger in the final stanza. Their persistent forward forays were rewarded with a penalty after Leopards player was adjudged to have handled in the box with Neto stepping up to convert from the spot.

Ingwe had their chance also from the spot with just two minutes left, but Omurwa’s was punched to safety.

The match had a tense ending with the visitors feeling cheated with unfair refereeing, but the security personnel were on standby to ensure peace.

Leopards have now recorded only two wins in eight games; losing four and drawing two. Meanwhile, Wazito, who started the season late, have recorded an equal number of wins, a draw and two losses.

Meanwhile, Leopards arch rivals Gor Mahia recorded their second successive win, edging out Kakamega Homeboyz 1-0 at the Bukhungu Stadium. The lone goal was scored by defender Lloyd Khavuchi.

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