AFC Leopards might be second on the Kenya Premier League standings but a closer look a things within the club paint the picture of an outfit in need of support from different quarters.
Ingwe recorded their fourth win of the season courtesy of a John Makwatta brace at the expense of Sofapaka.
Their win has however been overshadowed by the never ending debts the club management led by Chairman Dan Shikanda have had to make do with.
According to Shikanda, AFC Leopards has debts running to Kshs15 Million. The Club’s huge wage bill of around 4.2 Million per month has not made things any better at the den.
“We inherited a lot of debts and it is a huge challenge. Before we came in, the club had a sponsorship of Sh52million from SportPesa and that was only paying salaries. I won’t delve into that but the reality is at the moment we have serious deficits and I am pleading to members to come on board and rescue the club,” Said Shikanda as quoted by Nation Sports.
Shikanda has revealed that Ingwe is currently surviving on contributions from fans. He has therefore called on registered members to rally behind the club going forward.
Apart from contributions under the #WeweNdioSponsor tag, AFC Leopards are also going the fundraiser way.
The Club has organized a fundraiser at the Crown Plaza Hotel on Thursday to help it raise funds to help in it’s day to day operations as the search for a new sponsor continues.
“The fundraising through the paybill and the USSD code haven’t been sufficient as we had envisioned. We know the fundraiser is not a permanent solution but it would be a good start to at least sort the player salaries and allowances. The sustainability of this club still remains with the membership drive, e-ticketing, merchandising and a few investments. If we can have a membership that pays its fees on time and supports the club faithfully then we can secure the future of the team,” Said Shikanda.
Despite the many challenges facing Leopards, Shikanda believes that the team has what it takes to lift the Kenya Premier League and in the process end Gor Mahia’s recent dominance.