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AFC Leopards Mumias Branch launched, Chichi urges fans to stand with the team

FOOTBALL By Rodgers Eshitemi | September 27th 2021
AFC Leopards during FKF Premier League match with Nairobi City Stars at Ruaraka grounds on Tuesday, Aug 3, 2021. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

AFC Leopards National Treasurer Maurice Chichi has urged club fans, members, well-wishers and other stakeholders to continue sending their contributions to the team ahead of Thursday’s (September 30) major fundraiser.

The FKF Premier League giants, who beat champions Tusker 1-0 in their season opener on Sunday, have been slapped a transfer ban by FIFA over failure to settle dues for their former coach Cassa Mbungo and players Soter Kayumba, Tresor Ndikumana and Vincent Habamahoro.

The fundraiser to be presided over by Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and ASALs Eugene Wamalwa will be held at the United Kenya Club from 5pm.

According to the club management, the event aims at raising funds required to offset pending financial commitments in order to avoid looming sanctions from the world football governing body, FIFA.

 “People had panicked but challenges are part of the game and we shall overcome them. The club is in the process of soliciting funds. We have a major fundraiser on September 30 to help us offset the outstanding arrears to enable the club to register new players,” Chichi said during the launch of the AFC Leopards Mumias Branch in Ekero on Saturday.

“We are inviting more guests to attend and help salvage the club.”

AFC Leopards Mumias Branch members after receiving the certificate.[Photo Courtesy]

He challenged the newly launched branch to be innovative and help them make Ingwe great again.

“As the 47th branch of the club, we urge you to be innovative as you work with the team so that we can grow together. The branch officials also have a duty of helping us in scouting talented players in the grassroots,” said Chichi.

“Look around for good players from school games, National Super League and other regional leagues and bring them to us.”

Speaking after receiving the certificate from the national office, the branch’s patron Wellington Mumanyi and chairman Fredrick Anguche said they are ready to help AFC Leopards restore its lost glory.

“We have officially revived the once vibrant Mumias branch. We will work closely with the national office and help them make the club strong again both on and off the pitch,” they said.

The other branch officials present include Bernard Nato (Secretary General), Patrick Mukolwe (Organising Secretary), Richard Owino (Assistant Sec Gen.), Everline Mumanyi (Treasurer) and Suleiman Muranda (Chief whip).

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