AFC Leopards club officials have disowned a group of former officials for purportedly taking over the running of club affairs from the genuinely elected officials.
In a press conference in Nairobi on Saturday, the Club Secretary General Oscar Igaida said the superimposed chairman Mathew Opwora and his team failed to deliver during their tenure on an interim basis and have no locus standi to reclaim the club’s leadership.
“The Club’s National Executive Committee is still intact despite the purported take over by “certain criminal elements”,” he said and assured Leopards fans that the club is still intact despite some small confusion.
Igaida also revealed that the club has appointed Nicola Kavazovic from Serbia as the new coach for a two- year contract. He replaces Argentine Zapata Rodolfo who quit the club last month by ‘mutual consent.’
Kavazovic will be assisted by Marko Vasiljevic. The club has also renewed contracts of both Robinson Kamura and Whyvonne Isuza on two and three years contract respectively.
Earlier on, three former AFC Leopards players began a tour of Western Kenya to raise money for the club from Governors. The trio included Reginald Asibwa, Mahmoud Abbas and Enos Motokaa. They started their Western tour from Busia and promised to visit other counties in Busia such as Kakamega, Bungoma and Trans Nzoia counties.
The three said they will appoint an interim club leadership as the current club leadership wasn’t delivering.
The recent onslaught from elected club officials points to a brewing storm within the club. The former players led by Reginald Asibwa intent to seek views from supporters across Western Kenya on how best to recruit quality players.
Their plans seemed not to go very well with club officials who have dismissed them as criminal elements.
Clearly, the club is suffering at the hands of questionable elected officials and actions need to be taken first before the club sinks.