- Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants AFC Leopards have made yet another step in the right direction as they set to open their official club merchandise shop by the end of June.
The 13-time league champions have been trying to set up structures to enable them to get a sustainable financial income and now Ingwe fans will have easy access to the club’s replicas as well as matchday tickets at the new facility.
“We have done most of the things regarding the merchandise shop, and by the end of this month, we believe it will be up and running,” AFC Leopards chairman Dan Shikanda said.
“It will be located at the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) where it will be easier for our fans to locate. We will have club replica jerseys, caps, t-shirts, bands, watches… everything with Ingwe brand,” he explained.
“The fans will have a way of directly contributing to the club’s growth by purchasing the Ingwe merchandise from the shop. We will also have our match-day tickets sold at the shop at any given time,” he added.
Shikanda never hesitates to touch on the quality of the goods to be stocked at the facility.
“We will have quality jerseys for our fans which will be durable as compared to the counterfeit ones which do not last,” Shikanda said.
“Cheap is expensive, so for those who want to go for low-quality merchandise by other vendors, we cannot stop them. But buying in our shop will help us grow,” he emphasizes
“Our plan to expand and have branches all over the country,” he concluded.
Before Ingwe launches its merchandise stores, Wazito is the only club in the top tier with an official merchandise shop.
Recently, the two local giants AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia entered into a 3-years sponsorship deal with a new betting firm Betsafe who are yet to launch their services in the Kenyan market.
According to the details of the deal, AFC Leopards will get KSh45 million per year while Gor Mahia will get KSh55 million per year from the sponsor.