Ibrahim to flee Kingz

Kingz FC striker Dennis Ibrahim is set to be the first player to jump ship after the club's failure to appoint a coach for next season.

Kingz FC striker Dennis Ibrahim is set to be the first player to jump ship after the club's failure to appoint a coach for next season.

According to incumbent boss Wynton Rufer, the club's top scorer is prepared to sign a contract with an Austrian first division club shortly.

But while Ibrahim is set to leave the club, All Whites midfielder Mark Atkinson is set to join them.

Currently, five players are contracted to the Kingz for next season - Harry Ngata, Che Bunce, Jonathan Perry, Sean Douglas and Levent Osman.

Ibrahim scored 12 goals during the 2000-01 NSL campaign after being enticed to the Auckland based team from Germany by Rufer.

"It's because the club unfortunately has not been able to come up quickly enough with a plan for next season," Rufer told AAP.

Rufer, and his assistant, brother Shane, will not be in charge of the club next season after two seasons at the helm of the fledgling franchise.

Meanwhile, former Carlton assistant coach Fab Incantalupo was interviewed for the newly-created manager's job last week and is believed now favourite to land the post.

Sources have told tribalfootball.com that Incantalupo has already signed with the Kingz but this has not been confirmed.

Other possible candidates for the post are Raul Blanco, former All Whites and New Zealand under-17 coach Kevin Fallon and ex-national team coach Allan Jones.
Source: Sportal