- AFC Leopards Chairman Dan Shikanda has been accused by two of his players as ‘media vocal man but no action’ as the club has failed to settle the players’ salaries arrears running into several months.
According to the two, who sought anonymity, they are currently suffering and can barely fend for their families in the wake of coronavirus pandemic in the country.
“Our Chairman is all over the media as if AFC Leopards players are doing fine and are receiving salaries. We are broke even more than Gor Mahia players but we chose to be silent. Let the truth be known that we have been left to fend for ourselves and the club management is no longer caring for us,” one of the players said.
They (AFC two players) further revealed that other player went as far as threatening to dump Ingwe, and opt for average Kenyan Premier League club where salaries are paid on time, however little it is.
“Some club officials are playing politics of deceit as if all is well. We have not received money from the club for some time now and we are on our own. Food is hard to come by and there is no money for meeting our family needs and paying rent. We are suffering,” he said.
They thanked the Ministry of Sport for coming to their aid by offering to pays them Sh10,000 per month although it is like a drop in an ocean. They further urge the clubs to add on.
“Let our club top it up and ensure those who were not in the list presented to the ministry to also get the similar amount from the management,” the players said.
Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed on Tuesday approved on 20 million to cushion the 12 KPL club with corporate teams like Bandari, Posta Rangers, Ulinzi Stars, KCB, Tusker being locked out and the Money bags Wazito owned by tycoon Ricardo Badoer ‘The Big Boss’.
The two players dismiss Dan Shikanda’s past claims that they ensure the players have money for rent and food.
AFC Leopards has been through tough financial times since the exit of gaming firm SportPesa who were also their shirt sponsor.