NAIROBI, Kenya, January 19 – I think the mandarins at the Kenya Premier League and Africa’s football governing body CAF will be doing us a huge favour if they kick AFC Leopards out of their respective competitions.Why so you may ask? Because the shenanigans that are currently taking place in the club are the primary reason whey Kenyan football has been in the woods for dog years.
At the moment, one of the continent’s most storied clubs has been turned into a pantomime where two factions have appointed their own coaching staff who have gone ahead to recruit their own squads.
The situation came to a head a fortnight ago when both factions held parallel training sessions at Ikulu grounds, capping what is already a farcical situation at ‘Ingwe’.
It beggars belief how a club that was one of the best run outfits last season has degenerated into a forum for political bickering just when we thought it was a thing for the past.
Its an open secret that there are greater powers at play in the whole fiasco as the club has been turned into a theatre for politicians from a certain part of the country to stage their power struggles.
The main protaganists at one time or another had or still have political ambitions going way beyond football, an indicator that the country’s favourite pastime is still viewed as a launch pad for political careers.
I doubt whether the current administration will be keen at remaining at the helm of Leopards if KPL and CAF the bold step of kicking out the former regional club champions.
Sure they will the usual backlash at press conferences where they will accuse both bodies of being unfair and favouring the big clubs but their vitriol can only last for so long.
With time, the ‘Ingwe’fans-the real owners of he club would vent their anger and call for radical changes in the set up of their beloved team the same way Newcastle fans brought change to their famous club after expressing their displeasure with current owner Mick Ashley.
Leopards inactivity on the pitch will be a window for the organization to shed itself of the current bad press by calling an emergency Annual General Meeting (AGM) where bonafide members are elected to steer the club and committee set up to formulate a professional management structure.
Politicians, both current and future, should be not be allowed near the team’s management affairs or comment about them because there own selfish will spark more animosity.
Locking out Leopards will act as a warning shot to other community clubs susceptible to political machinations and signal the end to our football’s endemic problems.