- AFC Leopards chairman Dan Shikanda has rubbished social media reports claiming their key midfielder Austin Odhiambo has ditched the club for rivals Gor Mahia, insists Odhiambo is contracted to the club until December 2023.
Reports on Social media has spread that Ingwe lost one of their best assets to their rivals Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions ahead of the new season.
However, Ingwe Chairman has come out to clarify the situation stating the young midfielders’ contract in the club runs till 2023, and the buy-out clause in the player’s contract only applies to foreign teams.
“Those are rumors from those who want to destabilize AFC Leopards, Austin [Odhiambo] is our player, he has a contract with us until December 2023, and in the clause, he cannot sign for a local team but can only be allowed to sign for a team outside the country,” Shikanda said.
“No team has approached us for the player, not even Gor Mahia, not even the player coming to say he wants to leave, the player knows what clause he signed when he joined us from the youth team, so I don’t want to understand when people say he has left AFC,” he continued.
Recently in an interview, Shikanda boldly expressed his confidence that the club will not go 30 years without winning the KPL like Liverpool.
“Liverpool went for 30 years without a Premier League title. We have gone 22 years and we don’t want to go the Liverpool way. We are keen to build a team that will lift the KPL title sooner,” he stated.
The veteran administrator also confirmed they will not take any risks with their signings, he insists that they still have a young squad that can help them to fight for the titles.
“I want to assure our fans, Odhiambo doesn’t have an exit clause for local teams. So they should not be worried, we always talk to our players every day and they know, even Gor Mahia have not approached him, even Gor Mahia knows the rules and they cannot move to bend them,” he concluded.