Dear Hendrick,

Hello Dutchman? I hope you’re fine up there in Sudan. Welcome to Africa. Welcome to Kenya, to the KPL and most importantly, to AFC Leopards.

First of all, what’s your name? Is it Hendrick or Hendricks? Is it de Jong or de Jogh? What’s your coaching history? What have you achieved? Not that I doubt your credentials but I’m just asking because I haven’t seen your CV. I can’t find you on Wikipedia either. The only results I found on Google were those of Kenyan media announcing your arrival in the Den.

Secondly, congratulations on your appointment to the most unstable job in Kenya. It’s also the job under the highest pressure in the land. You will be sacked at one point, sooner or later. It doesn’t matter whether you oversee a 24 match unbeaten run or not. Ask your compatriot Jan Koops. By the way do you know each other? Do you need his number? I’m sure you will need it.

It doesn’t matter whether you deliver a trophy or not. Ask your predecessor James Nandwa. Speaking of Nandwa, the last time Ingwe flew out of the country for a regional tourney, they crashed out of the Mapinduzi Cup group stage without a win. They then lost the Charity Cup semi-final to Mathare United.

That said, I am thoroughly impressed by your performance so far at the Cecafa Nile Basin tournament. Four wins in a row, a 2-0 against Rwanda’s Enticelles, a 2-1 against Tanzania’s Mbeya City and 1-0 against Academie Tchite in the group stage and the dramatic 3-2 quarter-final victory against Ethiopia’s Defence, without Allan Wanga, Jacob Keli, James Situma, Edwin Seda, Anthony Kimani and Wycliffe Kasaya, is very remarkable. That clearly means you’re a better tactician. We expect you to win that Basin.

I hope that form will spill over into the league once you return. We have a must win derby against our noisy, eternal rivals early next month. We won a Shield last season, add to it that Basin, and the KPL Top 8 Cup, our trophy cabinet will start looking good. The priority however, is the league title. The last time we were champions, Moi was still the President, and Kenya had 8 provinces.

Finally, I’m looking forward to watching your teams play at home. Your starting XI in Sudan has been heavy in defence. Leopards are known for an entertaining, attacking brand of football. After all, that is the total football Dutch philosophy, isn’t it? I hope to see that soon. Best of luck Pieters!

Yours Leopard-in-blood,
Ingwe Watchman.

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