3 January 2013

Kenya: Fresh Row At AFC Leopards

AFC Leopards reassemble next week amid fresh row over the administration of the club. A group calling itself 'Operation Linda Ingwe' are seeking to oust incumbent chairman Alex Ole Magelo on the grounds that he is running for a political office.

The group argued that by virtue of seeking political post, Magelo was not suitable to hold the position of club chairman at AFC Leopards.

"The people who are purporting to be talking on behalf of the club are not even bona fide members and for their information as it stands, I am holding a political office yet they have never complained before. We shall not allow them to ruin the reputation of the club and pull us backward when a new season is about to start," warned Magelo.

He revealed that all plans were on course for the club to resume pre-season training on Monday under Tom Olaba as the club was yet to appoint a substantive head coach.

"We are all focused on ensuring the team go about it's training without any hitch. All the noise you are hearing will not deter us from doing our job. Those who want to run for positions at the club should respect the same constitution they are talking about and wait until June when the next AGM is due," advised the Leopards' supremo.

The club's executive committee is due to meet this week to lay down plans for the upcoming Kenyan Premier league season.

Leopards have been quiet on the transfer market to-date with unconfirmed reports saying the club has captured the signature of Mathare United goalkeeper Martin Musalia.

Meanwhile, Gor Mahia have confirmed that veteran midfielder Moses Odhiambo has left the club. Odhiambo, according to the club officials, has left for a reported fee of Sh6.4 million to join Salalah, a club in Oman.

The players contract with K'Ogallo was due to end tomorrow. Gor Mahia are expected to start their pre-season training today at City Stadium under assistant coach John Bobby Ogolla and trainer Michael Igendia.

Gor are expected to unveil some of their new signings today including defender David Otieno from Western Stima, Nigerian striker Abbey Natty from Muhoroni Youth and goalkeeper Zachary Onyango from Ethiopian side, Coffee Board.

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