Ingwe players call off go-slow, head to Kisumu
AFC Leopards players have resolved to honour Saturday’s Kenyan Premier League fixture against Western Stima in Kisumu after they were bailed out by a politician.
Early on Friday morning the players staged a sit-in at Kenya Cinema, in Nairobi’s CBD and threatened not to honour the fixture until they were paid atleast Sh 20,000 of their four month salary arrears.
The stalemate was however temporary resolved when Westlands Constituency MP Tim Wanyonyi sent a total of Sh 200,000 to be shared among twenty players.
The entourage left Nairobi at about half past midday, six hours after the designated departure time.
“We have resolved to go because atleast someone cares for our needs and also because playing football is what we love most,” a player told Nairobi News.
Meanwhile, journalists covering the team’s saga were forced to do so at vintage points for fear of reprisal from the several club bouncers who had been stationed at Kenya Cinema.
The bouncers were reportedly under instructions to ensure the players do talk to journalists or take pictures of the bus.
The cash-strapped club is scheduled to travel to Mumias for the night and then make the 100km trip to Kisumu on Saturday morning for the league clash against Henry Omino’s Stima.