- AFC Leopards Chairman Dan Shikanda has revealed plans on bolstering Ingwe with mature and experienced players, promising fans of an ‘interesting season ahead’ as they build a team capable of challenging for the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title.
The Ingwe Chair has stated that the club will sign only experienced players to boost the current squad that has a majority of young players.
“We are looking to bring at least three to five experienced players and blend them with the youthful team we have,” Shikanda said.
“I can tell our fans ‘be ready for an interesting season’. A season whereby you will be confident of our team fighting for the championship,” he added.
The former striker also acknowledged the need for Ingwe to own its facilities adding they are old enough and should not be training on a pitch payable every day.
“This is a club without even a training facility and so we are embarking on a journey that will fix the physical infrastructure of the club. At the end of our elective term, we actually hope to give this club something they can be proud of as their identity as a football club,” he continued.
He also noted the loss of revenue as Ingwe chair reveals that pay around seven to eight thousand per day for the team to train.
The official went further to explain how they will approach their transfer business. He further extended to recognizing individuals who came to their rescue when they faced difficulties in a season they ran without a sponsor.
“We are thankful to everyone who stood with us especially when our sponsor left. My thanks go to President [Uhuru] Kenyatta, his deputy and Speaker of the Senate, Ken Lusaka,” thankful Shikanda said.
“I also thank Eugene Wamalwa and Musalia Mudavadi as it has been interesting to have all these people come together and ensure this brand, AFC Leopards, stands.
“The Minister of Sports Amina Mohammed also helped us when we were unable to have the team travel to Kakamega and she availed the Kasarani Stadium for us during our game against Kariobangi Sharks,” Shikanda concluded.