Top guns in Kenya’s political class Thursday converged at the Nairobi’s United Kenya Club for a funds drive towards offsetting AFC Leopards’ accrued debts.
The second most successful football club in the country was starring at further sanctions from world football governing body, FIFA after failing to settle former players and and a coach their salaries amounting to millions of shillings.
Former Leopards’ head coach Andre Cassa Mbungo, Rwandese duo of Soter Kayumba and Vincent Habamahoro and Burundian midfielder, Tressor Ndikumana all took their complaints to FIFA and won the case against the 12 time Kenyan champions.
The matter saw Leopards slapped with a two – year ban of not signing new players, impacting the side negatively in their transfer market.
However, with the particular case before the FIFA disciplinary committee becoming a thorn in Leopards’ flesh, the club resorted to organizing a fund raiser to offset the pending bills.
Fans and well wishers managed to raise a total of Ksh8.6 million, slashing the debt owed to the parties in question by half.
President Kenyatta donated a sum of Ksh2 million as the new Defence Cabinet Secretary, Eugene Wamalwa gave Ksh1.5 million.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and former Vice President Musalia Mudavadi each contributed Ksh1 million
Kakamega County Governor, Wycliffe Oparanya willingly gave Ksh. 500,000 while Sports CS Amina Mohamed was also armed with a Ksh. 200,000 contribution.
Club branches and the fans at large also channeled their contributions through mobile money to hand the cash strapped side a sigh of relief.
Ingwee will now have to clear with FIFA before finding for ways to bolster their squad in the started Football Kenya Federation Premier League.