This man Rodolfo Zapata: who’s he and why does he matter?
All you need to know about Rodolfo Zapata, the new AFC Leopards Tactician
Kenyan Premier League giants AFC Leopards on Monday announced the appointment of Rodolfo Zapata as the new head coach on a two-year deal replacing the outgoing Dennis Kitambi.
The Argentine started his reign on a rather positive note going goalless with league leaders Gor Mahia at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on May 1st, Leopards eventually lost the match through sudden death penalties, Gor Mahia will now play Hull City at Kasarani on May 13th.
But who exactly is Rodolfo Zapata and why does he fit taking charge of the AFC Leopards? Here is all you need to know about the new Ingwe coach.
Rodolfo Zapata was born in May 1st 1966 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He started out as a player in the Argentina Second division where he played as goalkeeper in Huracan, Sportivo Italiano, Racing de Olavarría, Club Atlético San Miguel and Cipolletti de Rio Negro.
Due to consecutive knee injuries, Zapata retired from playing and he embarked on a managerial career.
Rodolfo who also runs his own soccer academy which he established in 1990 started his managerial career with Alberta Soccer Association in Canada. Shortly afterwards he was appointed the head coach of USA Olympic Development a program which specializes in developing best young talents across the country where he served from 2001 to 2009.
On January 2010, he was based in Akure City, where he was Head Coach of Nigeria Premier League Side Sunshine stars.
In 2011-2012 seasons, Rodolfo was appointed to be Head Coach of Mpumalanga Aces in South Africa. Thereafter he returned to USA until 2016 when he was appointed as the head coach of Gaborone United in Botswana, a position he held until April 2018.
Rodolfo is yet to win any major silverware in his managerial career.