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Leopards go slow bites ahead of Sofapaka


LEOPARDS-TRAINNAIROBI, October 30-The disquiet at AFC Leopards shows no signs of abating with as a go slow in protest over unsettled allowances continues two days before the club faces Sofapaka in a crucial Kenyan Premier League tie.

Capital Sport has reliably learned plays are training lethargically or refusing to go to the pitch at all claiming allowances accruing for six weeks.

When contacted on the reports from their camp in Mumias, Leopards chairman, Allan Kasavuli, was categorical, “All what is owed to them has been fully paid.”

However, team members who declined to be exposed for fear of intimidation confirmed nothing of note has happened on the training ground as they go through the motions of completing what has been a disastrous KPL season by their standards.

“To say the truth we have not been paid our allowances for six games, as players we are demoralized. Everyone is training on his own and we are yet to receive any communication from officials on how we will be paid.

“But we will try our best in our match against Sofapaka for the love of the club,” one of the disgruntled players told Capital Sport.

“Yes, it’s true, the players are training individually and they have not been paid as they say. The go slow is on as we wait for word from the Executive Committee in Nairobi,” a technical bench official concurred.

This is the latest dark cloud in the run up to their weekend tie after Sofapaka called on the match to be shifted from Mumias on security reasons following their bitterly contested GOtv Shield semi final that was abandoned minutes from full time when Leopards fans went on rampage.

Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa wrote to KPL requesting the switch with the league management body CEO, Jack Oguda, saying the matter will be on the agenda on Friday at a meeting between them and chairmen of the 16 top flight clubs in Nairobi.

Leopards’ unrest will cause ripples among their ‘in-laws’ and arch rivals Gor Mahia who need an almighty ‘favour’ from their adversaries to end Sofapaka’s title charge should they beat Muhoroni Youth on Saturday in Kisumu.

Victory for K’Ogalo coupled with defeat of Sofapaka who trail them by a point will hand the crown to champions with a game to spare but in the continuing saga to the end of the 2014 KPL season, Muhoroni have petitioned authorities to have the game played in Nairobi.

Following recent sanctions imposed on the community based giants by Football Kenya Federation after their fans erupted in hooliganism in successive weekends, Leopards and Gor have seen their coffers hit hard by a ban on their fans as the season winds up.