Former AFC Leopards striker Boniface Ambani has slammed the club’s management, calling the elected officials “brokers” and “agents” who are only interested in dirty deals.
Ambani further said, “I have been in this team for a very long time. And I squarely know where the problem lies.”
He warned that if the officials do not put their house in order and stop jumping from one edge to the other then Ingwe risks going down.
Leopards find themselves in the Kenyan Premier League relegation zone after a string of poor performances.
To salvage the situation, a rescue team was recently put in place to work alongside the elected officials to restore the club’s swindling fortunes.
The rescue team comprises of stakeholders including club legends like Dan Shikanda, Mohammed Abbas, Francis Xavier and politicians Rachel Shebesh and Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja.
The team visited the CS for Sports Rashid Echesa on Thursday to discuss the problems bedeviling the club and managed to secure Ksh1.7 million to clear players accrued allowances.
Ambani, however, thinks that “AFC Leopards problems and dismal performance does not lie in that thing called rescue team. AFC Leopards problems does not lie in that CS office,” but “It lies squarely in that elected office.”
“They just have to put their house in order. Not jumping from one edge to the other. An office that is full of agents. Themselves are agents. They’ll sign players, broker for them sign on fees and salaries and later on bring in a coach expecting that coach to win games for them. Quick fixes.
I have been in this team for a very long time. And I squarely know where the problem lies. You rushed to CS office. To do what? You think his office will come to the field? No. Only fools will take this to the bank. Football minds won’t. The office should just do the right things at the right time and in a correct manner. Brokers and hecklers will bring this team to it’s knees. Politicians will never have solutions to our football.”
The former Tusker FC and Yanga SC forward recently turned down an offer to join Ingwe’s technical bench but is believed to be angling to contest for the club’s chairmanship.
The 39-year-old called on willing fans to join hands with him – promising that he has the experience to revive the 12 times KPL champions.
“Am looking for only 10,000 AFC Leopards and Soccer fans. Real fans. Fans who are ready to join hands and steer this club to where it should be. Let’s do this. This will change Kenyan football as a whole. Believe me. If you are ready click share button. Jokers aside please.
The experience I have will steer this team to great heights and that will be start on our journey of changing our Soccer. Believe me. It starts with you. Let’s do this. A decision that will help generations and generations to come. And everyone across the board will be Happy.”
Leopards elections are due mid this year. It’s still unclear if the current chairman Dan Mule, who has been blamed for poor leadership will defend his seat.