Casa Mbungo finally ditches Ingwe
AFC Leopards head coach Andre Casa Mbungo has finally left the club after weeks of sulking due to non-payment of his salary by the club.
Ingwe brought in the former Rwanda national team and Police FC head coach on February 5th 2019 to replace 25 year-old Marko Vasiljevic following a spate of poor results that left the club teetering on the brink of relegation.
He managed to steady the ship and realized some success in his early days before a relapse sent the team to multiple defeats towards the end of season. The tactician was given a free hand to recruit for the current season and assembled a squad capable of wrestling the league title from Gor Mahia.
His endeavors were however, undermined by the crunching lack of funds that demoralized players and sent others scurrying out of the club in search of paying teams. The financial fall out is what led to Casa Mbungo’s exit as well.
The club failed to pay the respected Rwandan tactician six months salary leading to the decision to quit. He is rumored to be on his way to a club in his home country.
Mbungo leaves Ingwe, Kenya’s second most successful football outfit, seventh on the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) table and seven points shy of leaders Gor Mahia.
A number of players, mostly of foreign descent, have quit the club in recent days, on free transfers citing failure to get three months salaries from the club. Home grown players are equally seeking better homes and could leave in droves as the KPL Player Transfer Window swings open on the first day of January 2020.
Assistant coach Anthony Kimani is expected to step up in the wake of Casa Mbugo’s exit to steer the team. The club has remained silent over the Rwandan’s exit but team captain Robinson Kamura took to social media to pen an emotional tribute to the tactician.
“There is no goodbye in the world of soccer... But it's sad that the journey had to end like this... We learned alot as a team from you.. It will remain with us... We shall meet again somewhere someday... All the best in your endeavors and may God bless you Coach Andre Casa Mbungo,” Kamura wrote