Former Ulinzi Stars Striker John Mark Makwatta’s move to KPL side AFC Leopards has been seen by many as a major transfer coup by Ingwe. John Mark was close to joining 18 time Champions Gor Mahia only for him to later opt to join the Den.
Well, details have now emerged as to why the former Buildcon player opted to leave Gor Mahia officials at the altar and instead got into a ‘marriage’ with AFC Leopards. According to Chairman Dan Shikanda, Makwatta signed for Leopards after Ingwe offered him an offer that was just too good to resist.
Shikanda has revealed that they offered Makwatta a performance contract contrary to what Gor Mahia did.
“We agreed to sign a performance contract with him which Gor Mahia was not offering, what Gor Mahia gave him was just money but the player wanted a contract where he will be paid as soon he performs,” Said Shikanda as quoted by Goal.
“We gave him a performance contract, and agreed if he scores we pay him, if he does anything good for the team we also pay, so Gor Mahia were not ready for such a contract and we took the advantage to sign him.”
Makwatta’s move to AFC Leopards is likely to rekindle the never dying rivalry between Ingwe and Kogallo.
Gor Mahia have felt shortchanged by Makwatta who they had even offered a cheque of 1 million shillings as his sign on fee only for him to disappear minutes later and sign for AFC Leopards.
“Makwatta arrived in my office on Monday 4pm with his agent and told me he was ready to play for Gor Mahia. I talked to our team manager who prepared the necessary documentation to that effect and I signed my part,” Rachier told Nation Sports.
“Before we could proceed he (Makwatta) insisted he wanted his signing fee in cash and we agreed that I do him a banker’s cheque of Sh1 million since the banks were already closed. After receiving the cheque, he excused himself that he was going to the toilet and the next thing we heard is that he had joined AFC Leopards,” added Rachier.
With Makwatta now on board, AFC Leopards hope to have more power upfront in it’s search for goals. The team lost 1-0 to Kakamega Homeboyz in their first League match of the season and will be hoping to make amends when they face Kariobangi Sharks in their second match.