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Interim managers to run troubled Leopards

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 15- Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has appointed an interim management committee to run the affairs of troubled Kenyan Premier League giants AFC Leopards.

The decision following an emergency executive committee meeting on Tuesday paves the way for Ingwe to continue participating in the top flight domestic competition starting with their Wednesday clash against leaders Sofapaka at Nyayo National Stadium.

FKF national executive committee members, Hussein Terry and Doris Petra, the federation’s technical director, Patrick Naggi as well as two officials from the club’s sponsors, Mumias Sugar were appointed to the interim management team.

Kenyan Premier League CEO, Jack Oguda, Nyayo Stadium manager Lilian Nzile of the Sports Stadia Management Board and Ingwe’s technical bench led by head coach Jan Koops.

“FKF has appointed a management committee to ensure their players play their matches as per the ongoing fixtures in the interest of protecting them and to allow them to continue participating in the Kenyan Premier League,” a statement signed by FKF boss, Sam Nyamweya, read.

“The committee will take charge of the team until the current matter affecting the leadership is resolved,” Nyamweya added.

FKF cancelled Leopard’s weekend game against Sony Sugar allowing rivals, Sofapaka and champions Tusker FC to leapfrog them above the standings in a verdict ratified by KPL over safety concerns following a bitter fight over running the club.

In the tussle, challenger Sammy Aina obtained court orders barring Leopards chairman, Alex Ole Magelo and his team from managing the club.

“The federation will take serious action against anybody who violates this order. In the meantime, FKF has requested the parties to seek other dispute resolution avenues and not in courts,” Nyamweya directed.

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Leopards are third on the log on 27 points, two adrift of Sofapaka and victory over the 2009 champions will see the Koop’s charges return to the top.

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