Leopards set to join Gor in returning to training


Leopards set to join Gor in returning to training
President Uhuru Kenyatta when he handed over a bus to AFC Leopards Football Club at State House, Nairobi, on March 9, 2020. PHOTO | PSCU

In Summary

  • AFC Leopards chairman Dan Shikanda says the club will resume training in ‘the next few days’ ahead of the new season but by adhering to strict Covid -19 protocols put in place by the government.
  • Last week Sports CS Amina Mohammed allowed all outdoor recreational non-contact sporting activities, private fitness clubs and other sporting clubs to reopen and Shikanda has urged the government to consider adding football on the list.

AFC Leopards chairman Dan Shikanda says the club will resume training in ‘the next few days’ ahead of the new season but by adhering  strictly to Covid -19 protocols put in place by the government.

Last week Sports CS Amina Mohammed allowed all outdoor recreational non-contact sporting activities, private fitness clubs and other sporting clubs to reopen and Shikanda has urged the government to consider adding football on the list.

“Teams are training in small groups. We have seen what our rivals Gor are doing; we are also going to start training in the next few days, after training for some time we are hoping the federation will report back to the Ministry that things are going on smoothly.

We will be testing our players in the next few weeks hoping the government and the federation will step in to support us so that we can test players and everyone attached to the game,”said Shikanda.

Shikanda added that the club are also close to completing their transfer business insisting they have strengthened every department of the team ahead of ‘a very competitive season’.

“We are almost done with our transfer activities, we have to strengthen the backbone of the team; if a position has a young player we bring in experience  and if a position has an experienced player we bring a young player,”explained  Shikanda himself a defender in his heydays.

His sentiments were backed by the club head coach Antony Kimani who said he is confident the new signings will gel well with the rest of the squad ahead of the new campaign.

“We have signed very good players that will make competition for places tough hence a competitive squad that will fight to win titles.

My prayer is they adapt well to the club’s culture and gel as quickly as possible so that we can kickstart our season on a high,” the youthful Kimani told Citizen Digital.

 

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