Ex-AFC Leopards head coach Jan Koops has shifted base from Mumias to Busia and insists that he still has no plans to go back to his native home in Netherlands.

The Star reports that Koops is currently being hosted by a Busia based AFC Leopards fan called Caroline Rebecca Awinja.

Awinja told the Star that she decided to accommodate the Dutchman following his great exploits during the time he was in-charge of Leopards.

Koops is best remembered for guiding Leopards to a third place finish in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) in 2012.

“This I cannot take for granted. I am here to stay and returning to my native country, The Netherlands is now a pipe dream,” Koops told the Star.


Awinja’s family through her daughter Tracy Mercyline Apopo have however called on Football Kenya Federation to help reach Koops’ family.

“Although the coach is relying on his meagre pension to sustain his livelihood, I appeal to the football fraternity to offer support in recognition of his contribution to nurturing talents in the country,” she said.

Back in 2020 during an interview with Citizen, Koops revealed that he was receiving some little pension from Netherlands and Germany and that’s how he has been able to survive in Kenya.

“I receive little pension from Netherlands and Germany where I worked before, that’s how I’m able to survive here” he told Citizen Digital.

“I love Kenya, the climate and the people are amazing. It is more beautiful on this side of the country and that’s why I don’t mind living here forever” he added.