No money, nowhere to turn to, Leopards now abandon Bukhungu

AFC Leopards put aside their off-pitch woes to beat Sofapaka
(FILE)AFC Leopards put aside their off-pitch woes to beat Sofapaka

Lack of funds to facilitate a CAF inspector visit to the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County have forced GOtv-Shield champions AFC Leopards to shift their first leg CAF Confederation Cup fixture against Fosa Juniors of Madagascar to Kenyatta Stadium.

Ingwe had hoped to play their continental opener at the Bukhungu Stadium where they command a huge following but chairman Dan Mule has said they’ve shelved the plans.

We received a communication yesterday from CAF, that we need to facilitate for an Inspector to tour the facility in western Kenya before the stadium can be sanctioned.That might not be possible considering the cash crises at the den,” Said Mule.

(FILE)AFC Leopards Chairman Dan Mule. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha
(FILE)AFC Leopards Chairman Dan Mule. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

Mule added that the club is not in a position to facilitate a visit by the Caf instructor hence the cheaper option to settle on Machakos

He went on: “According to the communication (by Caf) AFC is also supposed to pay for his allowances but we are not in a position to.”

Mule accompanied Gor Mahia officials to a meeting with Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua on Monday where the Governor lifted the ban it slapped on K’Ogalo on 2014, barring the latter from using the Kenyatta Stadium owing to hooliganism.

Mule added:  “The Governor is aware that we are playing at home same as Gor Mahia on the weekend of February 10/11 and one team will play on Saturday and the other on Sunday.”

The move by Ingwe will come as a set-back to the County Government of Kakamega which had already closed the stadium for a minor facelift ahead of the anticipated match.

Leopards and Gor are Kenya’s representatives to this year Caf –Confederation Cup and Caf- Championship League respectively.

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