I won’t return via road, send me the air-ticket, Kayumba tells broke Leopards


AFC Leopards players applaud their fans following their 1-1 draw with Kariobangi Sharks at the ...
AFC Leopards players applaud their fans following their 1-1 draw with Kariobangi Sharks at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. (PHOTO/Sportpicha)

In Summary

  • AFC Leopards captain Soter Kayumba has rejected calls by the club to travel by bus from Rwanda to Nairobi.
  • Kayumba left for Rwanda shortly after the 4-1 defeat to Gor Mahia in the Mashemeji derby at MISC Kasarani on November 10 and has since missed the team's matches against Bandari FC and Kisumu All-Stars in which Leopards picked four points out of a possible six.
  • Kayumba has instead asked club Chief Executive Officer Victor Bwibo to send him with an air ticket to fly to Nairobi.

AFC Leopards captain Soter Kayumba has rejected calls by the club to travel by bus from Rwanda to Nairobi.

Kayumba left for Rwanda shortly after the 4-1 defeat to Gor Mahia in the Mashemeji derby at MISC Kasarani on November 10 and has since missed the team’s matches against Bandari FC and Kisumu All-Stars in which Leopards picked four points out of a possible six..

Kayumba has instead asked club Chief Executive Officer Victor Bwibo to send him with an air ticket to fly to Nairobi.

Kayumba’s stance comes barely hours after Tresor Ndikumana and Vincent Abamahoro demanded release letters from the club citing non-payment of a three-and-a-half month salary arrears.

Speaking exclusive to Citizen Digital, Kayumba  argued that it is hectic for one to travel all the way from Rwanda to Nairobi by bus.

“… I talked to CEO(Chief Executive Officer) asking them (Leopards) to give me air ticket but they want me to come by bus .

“I cannot manage to travel by bus to Nairobi,” he argued.

The 12-time league champions are feeling the financial strain since their main sponsors, a gaming firm halted its operation in Kenya in April this year.

With the broke Leopards finding it hard to cater for the salaries of players, it is interesting to see whether Ingwe will pay for their captain’s air-ticket to rejoin the club in preparation for the weekend fixture against Nzoia Sugar FC at Mumias Sports Complex.

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