New AFC Leopards coach, Ivan Jacky Minnaert, was satisfied rather than delighted with the Mashemeji Derby win against Gor Mahia this past Sunday.
The Belgian collected his second win in as many matches since being appointed the club’s manager late last month following Lamine Diallo’s 80th side-footed winner against the reigning Kenyan Premier League champions.
While you could see he was pumped before the clash, Minnaert cut a composed figure after the match, almost dismissing the magnitude of the win.
“I know it’s the biggest game in Kenya but for me this is just a normal win that my players worked hard for,” he told FourFourTwoMedia.com.
“We expected a tough match and that’s what we got but I am happy for the players and fans that we were able to win it. I have managed in Spain and in other African countries so for more this (derby win) was just another game where we wanted to take three points.”
Minnaert and his Gor Mahia counterpart, Frank Nuttall were spotted having a long chit chat on the tunnel long after the match ended.
A UEFA pro license holder, he joined Leopards after leaving Rwandese club Rayon Sports. Before that, he had a stint with Djoliba AC of Mali while he also had stints at Al Ittihad Tripoly of Libya, VB Addu FC in Republic of Maldives and Club Deportivo San Roque U19 in Spain.
His next assignment with Ingwe is against Chemelil this Sunday (March 13).
Follow us on Twitter/Instagram: @Four4TwoMedia