Things are turning from bad to worse at AFC Leopards with the cash strapped Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side losing its players due to its financial predicament.
Ingwe are struggling to stay afloat financially since SportPesa pulled out of their shirt sponsorship deal with the club before the start of the season and as a result some of its players especially the foreign contingent have shown their desire to leave with others going ahead and doing so.
First it was defender Soter Kayumba who left to go back to his native Rwanda three weeks ago and now head coach Andre Cassa Mbungo, who himself was reported to have also downed tools and left, confirming that striker Ismail Diarra and midfielder Tresor Ndikumana have already left the team.
“Tresor and Diarra have decided to leave the club and look at other options,” Mbungo said ahead of Sunday’s draw with Tusker FC in Machakos, “We are having serious financial problems and if they persist then more players will ask to leave.
“On John (Makwatta) I don’t know his current situation as to why he is not with the team but on Paul (Were) I believe he is facing a personal issue and that is why he is not with us.”
Before Sunday’s game it had been widely reported that the Rwandese tactician, who joined Leopards midway through last season’s campaign, had also asked to leave but addressing the rumours, the former Kiyovu SC tactician assured the club’s faithful that he will be going nowhere and will be at the club even after the festive break.
“I might leave to go back home for a while for the festive break but I am here. We face Mathare next before we break for the season and I will be here,” he said.
Leopards will play Mathare United next on Sunday with the game being a rescheduled round 13 fixture.