AFC Leopards’ have lined up two foreign tacticians – Italian Emmauele Filippini and Bulgarian Velizar Popov – to take over at the den hours after sacking James Nandwa. Ingwe secretary general George Aladwa has revealed to Goal that one of the two coaches will be unveiled next week to handle the club for remainder of the season.
Aladwa said the two are among many foreign coaches, who had applied for the job. “We have narrowed down the list to the aforementioned coaches. We will now meet as an Executive Committee to decide who takes over from Nandwa.
“We want to appoint a new coach as quickly as possible and next week we will have big news for you. We will definitely pick from the two. They (both coaches) have impressive CV’s but the EC will have to pick one.”
Filippini had an amazing career in Serie A with Brescia featuring in a total of 175 games and scoring six goals over the course of eight seasons. The 41 year-old emerged through his hometown Brescia Calcio’s youth system and stayed there for eight professional seasons, after having started – on loan – with amateurs Ospitaletto.
Filippini made his Serie A debut on August 31, 1997, in a 1-2 away defeat to Inter Milan. Filippini, who retired at the age of 36, was in late January 2010, appointed as assistant coach of the Giovanissimi Nazionali youth team guided by Omar Danesi.
On the other hand, Popov has coached Sur Club (Oman), New Radiant Sports Club (Moldavia) which he helped win the league last year, FC Liberika-Horsens (Denmark) among other clubs and is a holder of the UEFA Pro License.
Nandwa was fired on Thursday alongside his technical bench save for goalkeeper trainer Washington Muhanji, who was retained and will take over as coach on acting capacity.