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Chairman Kasavuli quits Leopards lair


AFC LEOPARDS GROUPNAIROBI, May 27- AFC Leopards chairman, Allan Kasavuli has resigned from his post on Wednesday afternoon in stunning fashion to plunge The Den into further chaos.

Kasavuli who has been under siege for failing to arrest the gripping financial crisis that has seen the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) titan’s players not paid salaries, allowances and bonuses for three months, brought his turbulent two-year reign to an anti-climatic end in a brief three paragraph quit letter.

“It is with a heavy heart that I tender my resignation as the chairman of AFC Leopards SC with immediate effect to concentrate on my personal business.

“I enjoyed serving as the chairman for the past two years and discharged my responsibilities in a fair, impartial and transparent way. I appreciate the expression of confidence from AFC members for electing me to this position, which I shall miss.

“I will arrange a handover within seven days,” Kasavuli who signed off as Outgoing Chairman wrote.

County Assembly of Nairobi Speaker, Alex Ole Magelo, a long-serving former chairman who is now a club patron, convened a meeting in the aftermath of the resignation where an interim management team under the chairmanship of Amir Wanji, a Nairobi based businessman of Asian extraction was installed.

However, the move caught members of Leopard’s National Executive Committee cold with assistant secretary general, Prof. Asava Kadima terming the constitution of an interim office un-procedural.

“Kasavuli did not inform NEC he was leaving as our constitution says and even if he wants to leave, the interim office is null and void since we have to agree as an elected executive on how to manage the transition.

“We shall convene a meeting tomorrow (Thursday) and announce a way forward,” the Don told Capital Sport.

“I find it embarrassing and hypocrisy because he could have called a meeting with the NEC members as the constitution states. I will not respect his decision. He has been behaving like this all through but he could have done it a little bit better now that he knew he was leaving,” Asava lamented.

Also appointed in the interim committee as members are former Leopards defender Josephat ‘Controller’ Murila, George Sunguti, Martin Andati, Linnet Mirekhale, former Secretary General Duncan Agonde, and actor Charles Bukeko AKA Papa Shirandula.

COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli and Webuye East MP Alfred Sambu are other patrons while Westlands MP. Tim Wanyonyi remain the trustee.

Kasavuli swept to the chair in the 2013 elections on a platform for reform and making the 13-time national top flight champions a financially independent entry but the youthful leader and his executive found it hard to run the club when Mumias Sugar withdrew as sponsors at the end of last season.

The club that sits fourth on the KPL standings has become a hallmark of financial woe this term, impairing an otherwise impressive campaign on the pitch with training boycotts and threats to abandon matches by disgruntled players hogging the headlines.

Last Saturday, Western Stima skinned them 2-0 in Kisumu in a rain-hit clash where once more, a politician came to the rescue providing the money that convinced the players to board their bus and travel for the tie.