Ibenge breaks silence on Chiefs links

African Football

AS Vita head coach Florent Ibenge has broken silence over the recent speculation linking him with a move to Kaizer Chiefs.

Ibenge, 57, announced his resignation from the Democratic Republic of Congo national team on Wednesday after five years doubling up as an international and club manager.

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During his spell, he restored the fear back into the two-time African champions with an enterprising style of football, earning plaudits from around the continent.

Reports have linked the experienced tactician to South Africa, with the Soweto giants mooted as a possible destination amid the uncertainty surrounding the long-term future of Ernst Middendorp.

But Ibenge has since taken a clear stance on the rumours, indicating he requires a break from football, after a relentless period of work that saw him without a break since late 2014.

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"Ibenge needed rest," he said, as per ACTUALITE. "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 former Shanghai Shenhua manager who returned to the Linafoot giants this week for pre-season after leading DRC to the last round of 16 at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations was firm with the talks of the Amakhosi job.
"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."