KINSHASA – Former Democratic Republic of Congo coach Florent Ibenge has dismissed rumours that he is set to join South African side Kaizer Chiefs.
The AS Vita Club manager has stepped down as the national team coach of the Leopards and is reportedly linked with the coaching role with the Premier Soccer League side.
However, he stated that he will not replace current Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp, especially after the German manager could not lead Amakhosi to a top-eight finish during the 2018/19 season.
Ibenge’s decision to step down ended his five-year reign as manager of the DRC in the wake of their Round of 16′ exit at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations that was recently held in Egypt.
“Ibenge needed rest,” he was quoted as saying by ACTUALITE.CD
“I have just had four years without rest. I am a human being, even if people call me Android. I need to rest too.
“I spoke with the leaders of AS Vita Club, they gave me a long rest.”
The speculation was fuelled by Ibenge’s absence at Vita, but he recently returned to Kinshasha where he oversaw a pre-season friendly.
“These are just rumours from social networks,” he explained.
“We put out information and everyone thinks it’s true. As far as I’m concerned, if you didn’t see me speak [about it] personally, it’s fake news. Do not believe what comes out except when I say,” concluded the manager.
Although the Soweto giants got their 2019/20 PSL campaign with a 3-2 win over Highlands Park last weekend, speculation remains rife that the club is looking for a coach.
Furthermore, former Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has also been linked with a return to the Soweto giants ever since he stepped down as Bafana Bafana boss.