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Charles Okwemba: I ditched Posta Rangers to salvage AFC Leopards’ season

AFC Leopards legend Charles Okwemba has revealed he quit Posta Rangers in 2011 to help the 13-time league champions from possible relegation from the Kenyan Premier League.

The 40-year-old made a decision to help Ingwe less than six months after signing for the Mailmen. 

The then Rangers chairman Yobesh Ongeri protested the move stating the midfielder had two-years remaining in his contract in vain and Okwemba eventually joined Leopards.

“I was an employee of Posta and playing for Rangers FC but I would go watch Ingwe matches when the guys were losing almost every match,” Okwemba told Goal.

“What hurt me most was seeing players laughing outside with their girlfriends as if nothing has happened. It was clear to me that they did not understand what it meant playing for a team like Leopards.”

The former Harambee Stars midfielder admits it was tough ditching Rangers, but he could not stand the struggles Leopards were going through.

“Despite having a good season at Rangers, I could not stomach the pain of seeing Ingwe struggling to get results. I made a tough decision to ditch my team to go and salvage Leopards and went on to advise the management of players who did not have a genuine love for the club. 

“It turned out to be a good season as we finished in the fifth position and I managed to finish second in the Most Valuable Player Award and Midfielder of the Year Award respectively behind eventual winner Kevin Kimani who was playing for Mathare United.” 

Ingwe last won the KPL in 1998 and has since struggled to achieve the feat.