Why everyone wants out at Leopards


Why everyone wants out at Leopards
AFC Leopards ponder their next course of action after their opponents, Sony Sugar failed to turn up for Saturday's game at the Awendo Green Stadium. PHOTO/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha/Citizen

In Summary

  • Rwandan AFC Leopards coach Casa Mbungo has given the club a 15-day notice to settle his salary arrears running into millions of shillings or else he quits the financially crippled outfit.
  • The playing unit and the members of the technical bench have gone for months without payment and the situation has become dire.

Rwandan AFC Leopards coach Casa Mbungo has given the club a 15-day notice to settle his salary arrears running into millions of shillings or else he quits the financially crippled outfit.

Mbungo gave the ultimatum yesterday in the wake of biting financial crunch at the club.

The playing unit and the members of the technical bench have gone for months without payment and the situation has become dire.

Just last month club captain Soter Kayumba left for Kigali, Rwanda and has not returned owing to unpaid dues.

And it seems things are thick; flying from the flying pan into the fire.

Sitting at position eight on the 17-team Kenyan Premier League table  on 18 points, nine behind leaders Tusker FC after 12 rounds, the ‘Cats’ are facing one of their toughest spell in their polished history one that they will want to forget in haste as everyone seems to be wanting out for lack of salary payment.

The exit button was first pressed by Malian Isailla Diarra then Burundian Tresor Ndikumana, Rwandan Vincent Habamahoro and now it’s head coach Casa Mbungo and midfield powerhouse Whyvonne Isuza.

Mbungo joined Ingwe to replace Serbian Marko Vasiljevic who was fired after defeat to Bandari in Mombasa.

The former Kiyovu Sports head coach has however run out of patience with the  empty promises given by the club honchos.

In an interview with out sister station Mulembe FM during a Saturday sports show, the Rwandan said that he has served the club a 15-day notice to pay him his salary arrears that backdate to about five months.

“I wrote then a 15-days notice beginning 13th (December),” he said.

Reached for comment,  club Secretary General Oliver Sikuku confirmed the developments adding that the  club is facing a tough time.

“We are supposed to look for means and ways of paying them

It is not only AFC (Leopards) but as you all know almost all clubs in Premier League are struggling financially,” he explained.

We should start with you, and everyone else  to contribute so that these players and the coach get paid,” he told this writer.

Isuza is currently in Uganda representing Kenya with the national football team  Harambee Stars in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.

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