Kenyan Premier League club AFC Leopards have urged their supporters to contribute financially towards the players’ welfare.
This has been brought about by the current cash crisis bedeviling the entire KPL since title sponsor Sportpesa ‘upped and left’ in August last year.
Ingwe and defending champions Gor Mahia are the worst-hit KPL sides since Sportpesa were also their shirt sponsor.
They directly relied on the betting firm’s funds for their day-to-day activities before the August 2019 shocker.
SPORTS AFRICA has established that the 1998 champions have turned to their fan-base and urged the members to rise to the occasion and provide the much needed financial assistance towards the players welfare at the den.
“We as the NEC and Secretariat salute the unwavering support you have continued to give the club in good times and the bad times,” reads part of the statement shared by the club’s National Executive Committee on Thursday.
“As a follow up to the ongoing discussions we have been having with the branch leaders we wish to encourage the branches and members to continue supporting financial needs of the club.
“In this regard, we endorse the current resolve to make contributions of minimum KSh5,000 towards players’ incentives,” the club stated.
Meanwhile, Leopards are enjoying a fairly fine run in the league contests with 37 points in 21 outings. This has seen them climb to sixth on the log with their next assignment being an encounter with relegation-threatened Chemilil Sugar at the Kericho Green Stadium on Saturday.
Leopards’ back-to-back victories against Ulinzi Stars and Sofapaka has injected motivation ahead of the highly anticipated meeting with their eternal rivals Gor Mahia at Kasarani Stadium on March 8th in the hope of overturning their first leg 4-1 humiliation.