Local football is finally back after several months in the cold due to COVID-19 pandemic. And there is no better way to start the FKF Premier League than a mouthwatering clash between AFC Leopards and Tusker.
Leopards have been touted as one of the favorites to win the league, thanks to their sleek transfer business.
Exciting fowards Harrison Mwendwa (from Kariobangi Sharks) and Peter Thiong’o (from Kakamega Homeboyz) have added creativity and firepower in front of goal.
Ingwe has also roped in Burundian striker Bienvenue Shaka from Tunisian top division side Etoile Sportif du Sahel and Congolese holding midfielder Fabrice Mugheni from Rwanda side Rayon Sports
The team also managed to hold onto star midfielder Austin Odhiambo, despite interest from bitter rivals Gor Mahia. Striker Elvis Rupia has demonstrated in pre-season matches that he is still hungry for goals.
Club chairman Dan Shikanda also managed to bring in a new coach. Czech manager Tomas Trucha has brought a lot of experience to the technical bench.
However, it is off the pitch that Shikanda has really made a difference since taking over the club.
Ingwe now have a modern club shop within Nairobi CBD. Fans can purchase the club’s merchandise from the shop. This means that the club has been generating some revenue even during the pandemic.
Apart from the shirt sponsorship with Betsafe, Ingwe also signed a partnership with Galana Oil Limited, the company that owns Delta Petrol stations. The oil merchants sponsored the club’s pre-season training in Iten last month.
From outside, it looks like Shikanda is working wonders at the den. The next phase of this project is to deliver on the pitch and beating Tusker is very important.