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AFC Leopards Coach Resigns After Allegedly Receiving Death Threats

AFC Leopards coach Tomas Trucha coach resigned unexpectedly on Thursday after he allegedly received death threats.

AFC Leopards coach Tomas Trucha coach resigned unexpectedly on Thursday after he allegedly received death threats.

Ducor Sports has authoritatively learnt that the 47-year-old Czech Republic national, together with his Ghanaian manager Prince Channis, received threats from people who accused him of favouring the players under his agency.

Trucha had been in charge of Leopards season opener on Saturday where Ingwe beat Tusker 2-1 at Kasarani.

It’s unknown if Trucha reported any of the alleged threats to police or the authorities after verbally informing Leopards chairman Dan Shikanda.

Trucha joined the 13-time Kenyan champions at the end of October after signing a two-year-deal with the club.

Leopards’ National Executive Committee has since released a statement where they have noted that those threatening the coach have a major target of rocking the club due to the good job done by its leadership.

“Today, we accepted Tomas Trucha’s resignation as head coach, effective immediately. This has been occasioned by the coach feeling that his safety is not guaranteed since his manager, Mr. Prince Channis, has been threatened by people purporting to be Ingwe supporters,” the club said in a statement.

“This is disturbing and unacceptable for anyone who claims to be a supporter of this esteemed club. True AFC Leopards’ supporters hold themselves to the highest standard and put the Club’s and public good before all else.”

“At this time, the remaining technical bench shall take charge as we consider a replacement. On behalf of the Management, we thank Trucha for his contributions to the Club and wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Trucha holds UEFA B and A PRO licenses and his last managerial position was with Botswana Premier League giants Township Rollers.

He took the helm in July 2019, but his poor results did not give him much time, though the club treated the matter with respect and preferred not to divulge the internal dynamics that led to his sacking.

Trucha, who also previously managed another Botswana team Orapa United, failed to qualify for the last season’s African Champion League group stages after losing to Tanzanian team Young Africans 2-1 in the preliminary round on aggregate.

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