HOLIDAY BREAK

Leopards' fans panic as Aussems jets off to Belgium

Aussems said he was taking a break to spend time with family for a few days.

In Summary

• "Obviously I will be back when the league resumes. Let us hope it will be as soon as possible. Take care and happy Easter to all football fans," he said.

• He joined the club after a successful stint with Tanzanian champions Simba, whom he fired to the 2018/19 Tanzanian Premier League title before capping off the season with a Caf Champions League quarterfinals berth.

AFC Leopards coach Patrick Aussems instructs his charges during a recent Premier League match against City sStars at Moi Stadium, Kasarani.JPG
AFC Leopards coach Patrick Aussems instructs his charges during a recent Premier League match against City sStars at Moi Stadium, Kasarani.JPG
Image: ERICK BARASA

AFC Leopards head coach Patrick Aussems has left for Belgium promising to return as soon as government lifts ban on sporting activities.

Football Kenya Federation called off the country's top tier only hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta imposed an indefinite ban on sporting activities last Friday, in a move aimed at containing the third wave of the Covid-19 infections.

Aussems said he was taking a break to spend time with family for a few days.

"Following the suspension of sports competitions, I am going back home for a few days to visit my family," Aussems said on Thursday.

"Obviously I will be back when the league resumes. Let us hope it will be as soon as possible. Take care and happy Easter to all football fans," he said.

The Belgian took over from assistant coach Anthony Kimani, who was handling the club on an interim basis after head coach Tomas Trucha decided to quit barely days after his appointment.

The 55-year-old tactician was unveiled on February 9, just three days after he landed in the country to take over the vacant role.

He joined the club after a successful stint with Tanzanian champions Simba, whom he fired to the 2018/19 Tanzanian Premier League title before capping off the season with a Caf Champions League quarterfinals berth.

The former Standard Liege defender boasts vast experience, having coached teams across Europe and Africa for the last 30 years.

He won the Super Cup with Sudan’s Al-Hilal as well as the league in 2014 with Congo Brazzaville’s AC Leopards.