Hendrik Pieter de Jongh

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Hendrik Pieter de Jongh
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Personal information
Full name Pieter de Jongh
Date of birth (1970-12-08) 8 December 1970 (age 47)[1]
Place of birth Asperen, Netherlands[1]
Playing position Head Coach
Club information
Current team
Swaziland National Football Team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
NAC Breda
Sparta Rotterdam
Teams managed
1990–1994 RKC Waalwijk (youth coach)
1994–1997 KNVB (youth coach)
1997–1999 VRC
1999–2001 Heerjansdam
2001–2004 De Zuidvogels
2004–2006 RKSV Schijndel
2006–2007 Dordrecht (assistant manager)
2007–2008 Vitesse Delft
2008–2009 Woerden
2009–2010 AZ (assistant manager)
2010–2011 Dronten
2011–2012 Putten
2012–2013 Moldova Olympic
2013–2014 Budapest Honvéd (academy director)
2014–2015 A.F.C. Leopards
2015-2016 F.C. Cape Town
2016–2017 Ulaanbaatar City F.C
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Pieter de Jongh (born 8 December 1970 in Asperen, Gelderland) is a Dutch football manager and former player at Sparta Rotterdam who has coached several professional football clubs around the world including Budapest Honvéd, Kenyan Premier League side A.F.C. Leopards and F.C. Cape Town


De Jongh began his playing career at NAC Breda, before moving to Sparta Rotterdam. His professional career was cut short due to a serious ankle injury.

De Jongh then moved into coaching, beginning his managerial career at RKC Waalwijk as a youth coach, before becoming a youth coach for the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB). He moved on to manage vv VRC in Veenendaal, FC Dordrecht's reserve team and Vitesse Delft before becoming the assistant coach of AZ in the Eredivisie. He then went to Hungary to become the academy director of Budapest Honvéd.[1][2]

Budapest Honvéd[edit]

In December 2013 he signed his contract ready to commence duties as the new technical director for Budapest Budapest Honvéd .[3] During his tenure, he strove to bring the Dutch philosophy to the academy.[citation needed]

A.F.C. Leopards[edit]

On 15 May 2014, Kenyan Premier League giants A.F.C. Leopards announced that De Jongh was set to take over at the club, subject to personal terms.[4] He landed in Kenya and completed his move to the club on 17 May.[5]

De Jongh's first match at the helm of Ingwe was a Nairobi derby league match against arch-rivals Gor Mahia. He guided his team to a 3–1 win, and after the match praised his team's spirit going into the game.[6] He later lead his side to the final of the 2014 CECAFA Nile Basin Cup, where they were defeated by Ugandan side Victoria University.[7]

After a string of poor performances in the league, players and fans alike questioned De Jongh's tactical approach, blaming his team selection for their barren draw against Bandari.[8][9] However, De Jongh said he was not worried about the fans, reminding them of the team's performances in the Nile Basin Cup and the KPL Top 8 Cup, where they lost to Tusker in the final.[10]

On 28 December 2014, soon after he led his side to a win over Bandari,[11] club chairman Allan Kasavuli announced that De Jongh had been sacked as head coach, citing a poor season at the helm that saw the team finish the 2014 season in sixth place.[12] His sacking made him the 14th coach to be sacked by the club in five years.[13]

In January 2015, De Jongh returned to training with A.F.C. Leopards, claiming his dismissal had not been communicated to him.[14]

F.C. Cape Town[edit]

After leaving Kenya in the East 2015, he headed South[15] where he joined F.C. Cape Town in South Africa ,[16] as their new head coach until later in the year when he moved to Asia.

Ulaanbaatar City F.C.[edit]

In 2016, he joined Ulaanbatar city F.C. in Mongolia's capital as its head coach[17]


After Ulaanbaatar he had the highest position as Technical Director of football in Rwanda.[18]


Until now he is the Swaziland National Football Team Head Coach[18]


  1. ^ a b c "Hendrik Pieter de Jongh Kispesten folytatja" (in Hungarian). NB1.hu. 6 January 2014. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Dutchman Pieter de Jongh unveiled as new AFC Leopards coach". Soka25east.com. 20 May 2014. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Hendrik P. De Jongh comes to MFA". honvedfc.hu. 6 January 2014.
  4. ^ Wilson Mathu (15 May 2014). "AFC's new coach set to land". Futaa.com. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  5. ^ Jeff Kinyanjui (17 May 2014). "Ingwe coach jets in". Futaa.com. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  6. ^ Luke Oluoch (8 June 2014). "De Jongh hails team spirit in derby win". Futaa.com. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Nile Basin Cup: Victoria University beat AFC Leopards to lift Basin Cup". CECAFA. 4 June 2014. Archived from the original on 11 July 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  8. ^ Mercy Njueh (10 July 2014). "Ingwe fans frustrated with team selection". Futaa.com. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  9. ^ Vincent Opiyo (9 July 2014). "Ingwe players question De Jongh tactical approach". Futaa.com. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  10. ^ Vincent Opiyo (14 July 2014). "De Jongh not worried with demanding AFC fans". Futaa.com. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Bandari 2-3 AFC Leopards: Ingwe grab top eight finish". Goal.com. 8 November 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Troubled AFC Leopards send Dutch coach De Jongh packing". Daily Nation. 28 December 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  13. ^ Gilbert Wandera (6 January 2015). "AFC Leopards sets new record after firing 14 coaches in five years!". The Standard. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  14. ^ Gilbert Wandera (21 January 2015). "'I am not walking away yet': De Jongh insists he is still AFC coach, attends training sessions". The Standard. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  15. ^ Patrick Korir (23 June 2015). "Former Leopards coach on F.C Cape Town radar". soka.co.ke.
  16. ^ Kurt Laduma (21 August 2015). "F.C cape town confirms new signings". soccerladuma.co.za. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  17. ^ Marco Bagozzi (13 April 2016). "Giacomo Ratto, un italiano ad Ulaanbaatar". opinione-pubblica.com.
  18. ^ a b "Profile | FOOTBALL COACH PIETER DE JONGH". pieterdejongh.com. Retrieved 2017-12-21.