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Leopards striker Aswani shattered by club suspension

AFC Leopards forward Kepha Aswani has pleaded his innocence following his suspension by the club.

Nairobi News revealed on Wednesday the Kenya international was one of five senior players slapped with a two-week ban, pending a disciplinary hearing to determine their conduct.

Alongside Aswani, the other players banned by the club are custodian Lucas Indeche, Charles Bruno, Yusuf Juma and Edwin Wafula.

But in an interview with Nairobi News, Aswani claimed that he is being used as a “scapegoat” by the club’s officials.

The veteran striker also expressed his frustration following the club’s decision to bar him from playing as it definitely ends his hopes of emerging the top scorer in the SportPesa Premier League this season.

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“I pleaded with the officials to allow me play the remaining two games of the season because I was motivated to score more goals and take the top scorers award. They refused and this has shattered me and left me frustrated,” the player said.

Aswani has scored 12 league goals this season, all from open play. This tally is one shy of overall top scorer John Mark Makwatta’s heading into the final games of the season.

Apart from prestige, the league’s top scorer’s award comes with a glittering trophy and upto Sh250,000 in prize money.

On the reasons for his suspension, Aswani lamented; “I am just the scapegoat here. The only mistake I made was to ask for my dues after payments delayed. Since that time I was a marked man.”

The player’s contract with the club is due to expire in December.