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Italian coach set for PSL switch?
A highly-rated Italian manager could be set for a move to South Africa after being linked with a switch to the Absa Premiership.
Fabio Lopez, 46, who started his career as a youth coach in the AS Roma academy, has made great strides in his career which has seen him hold scouting roles at Serie A clubs Atalanta and Fiorentina before coaching stints in Lithuania and Asia.
Having aquired his UEFA Pro Licence in 2015, Lopez earned further experience with the Bangladesh national team and Saudi Arabian giants Al Ahli, but is now aiming for a new challenge in Africa.
With modern tactcial insights and a reputation as an astute man-manager, the ambitious Italian admits he's open to the idea of a new venture in South African football after being touted for a switch to Black Leopards in recent months.
"I want to coach in South Africa, because I think the football in the country is at a very good level," Lopez tells KickOff.com.
"From what I've researched and understand, the potential of the South African footballers are very high, my knowledge and style of football suits this and I can bring positive results.
"What I'm attracted most about it the impressive fitness levels of the plays and with my philosophy of football, I know it will be well suited."
He added: "I've watched results and games for a while in the PSL, as I follow football across the world – but yes I see potential and the fan atmosphere in the biggest games like with Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates really impressed me.
"I am just keen to bring new ideas, to see my tactical knowledge I've acquired over the world mix with the potential of physically and technically gifted footballers."
On his style of play: "I like to play in vertical lines and regain possession of the ball fast with high aggressive pressing.
"I think that is one of the most important principles in modern football – to get back the possession of the ball, to start fast and play vertical without allowing the opposition the time to build up their own play."