AFC Leopards dismiss match-fixing claims
AFC Leopards Secretary General, Oscar Igaida, has rubbished claims that the club summoned some of its players and part of the technical bench over a match fixing scandal linked to their 4-1 Kenya Premier League (KPL) loss to hometown rivals Kakamega Homeboyz.
He assured that things at the Den were smooth saying whoever was spreading the rumors was only out to tarnish the image of the club and should be ignored.
“It is the norm that every week the club’s committee summons two randomly selected players and some members of the technical bench to appear before them where we discuss issues mainly stemming from each week’s proceedings. Basically we discuss matters arising from our previous matches and our upcoming fixtures.”
“This week we called Kepha Aswani and Bernard Mangoli while in the previous week we had summoned Jackson Saleh. During the meeting, we never discussed on anything related to match-fixing and to hear such reports is indeed saddening,” the newly elected official clarified.
Igaida was also quick to point out that fatigue was the main factor that contributed to their shocking 4-1 loss to Homeboyz and not match fixing as reports suggest.
“The team traveled to Tanzania and played against Simba SC on Monday, flew back on Wednesday and traveled to Mumias to face Kakamega. You don’t expect them to perform them at their optimum best when they are not getting enough rest,” he stated.
“Our fixtures have been congested and we’ve had to play three games within a period of one week, travelling to Nairobi to face Posta Rangers and then back to Mumias.”
Leopards Team Manager, Joseph Milimu, also denied the reports.
“We do not have any match fixing in our team and I don’t know where these reports are coming from. We were outplayed by Homeboyz and that is something we accept and must aim to improve. People are just making up stories to taint the image of our club,” he affirmed.
“Whenever we start losing matches this always happens, I really don’t understand why. We have looked at the match and we know why we lost, anything different from that is just rumors and hearsay,” he added.
Igaida confirmed that the club was in the process of forming a secretariat that will aid in the day to day running of the club.