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Onyino endorsed as Leopards interim chair

Interim AFC Leopards chairman, Walter Onyino (R) with his assistant Daniel Mule (L). PHOTO/DAVID OWIYO

NAIROBI, June 30 – AFC Leopards has endorsed seven co-opted members led by acting chairman, Walter Onyino during their Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Tuesday at Nairobi’s Ufungamano House.

The seven who were nominated three weeks ago, will join Secretary General, George Aladwa, his assistant Prof. Asava Kadima and Committee Member Stephen Mungo in running the affairs of the club for a three-month interim basis.

Onyino, a former vice chairman will be assisted by Daniel Mule, while Pamela Lutta will be the treasure, Felix Shitsama the Organising Secretary while Robin Toskin, former player Peter Lichungu and Douglas Simiyu were brought on board as Committee Members.

This follows after the resignation of chairman, Allan Kasavuli, Organising Secretary Timothy Lirumbi and deputy treasure, Esther Luvembe as well as the suspension of vice chairman, Patrick Ngaira, Committee Members, Carolyne Mayunzi and Samuel Limisi.

The treasure seat fell vacant after the death of Remmy Mudi.

Members also agreed to hold the election in December where new office bearers will be selected for a three-year term.

The interim office was mandated to ensure the club complies with the Sports Act which is a requirement from the Registrar of Sports.

A Special General Meeting will be called on the weekend of August 29 to discuss the financial report which was differed due to technicalities.

Speaking after the peaceful election, Onyino who lost the chairmanship seat to Kasavuli in 2013, said their priority will be to stabilize the club financially after shirt sponsor Mumias Sugar suspended their partnership.

“We have a mandate to get the club back on track and our biggest job is to ensure we beat the June transfer deadline by signing new players. The players who have shown intention to leave have complicated matters and we will leave it to KPL to adjudicate. Yes they have not been paid for four months but there is a procedure that they need to follow.

“We need to keep our wage bill low since we are financially crippled. We are in discussion with different players whom the coach is interested on before the transfer window closes tonight,” Onyino stated.

“We need to get Leopards where it belongs; we want to bring transparency back in the team to attract sponsors,” he added.

Following the financial crisis, Leopards has faced mass exodus of players who have gone four months without salary and allowances.

Ingwe who started their second-leg with a 1-0 loss to Thika United are sixth on 25 points.