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”Shikanda dont let me leave” Leopards custodian sends a plea ahead of new season

by Paul Nyongesa
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AFC Leopards first choice goalkeeper Levis Opiyo who demonstrated just how fantastic he can be on a good day between the sticks with his heroic performances that earned Ingwe a hard-fought1-1 draw against bitter rivals Gor Mahia in the Mashemeji derby a month ago, has reiterated his desire to continue playing for the 12 time Kenyan champions despite being targeted by two other clubs ahead of the new 2022/2023 campaign.

Speaking during an interview with Mozzart sports, who is now a free agent after his one year contract at AFC Leopards came to an end, has revealed a desire to ink a new deal at the club should he come to an agreement with the club’s management.

“My second six month deal at the club expired so I am now a free agent. We have however had talks with the club about a new deal and I can say it is still a work in progress as we are yet to finalize on terms. I am willing to continue my time here provided we both come into an agreement with the contract,” Opiyo told mozzart sports.

Ahead of the new campaign, Opiyo, who has previously played for record Kenyan champions Gor Mahia and Wazito before landing at the den has attracted interested from former employees Nairobi City Stars and Bidco United who lost first choice keeper Brian Opondo to reigning champions Tusker.

“It is true I have some offers at the moment with the transfer window currently open. I had one offer outside the country as well. We however had a commitment with AFC Leopards which I will honour when they clear the arrears that the club currently owes me,” Opiyo added.

Opiyo who has been in goal for almost every match since joining the big cats was clearly the busiest of all the players on the pitch to an extent  his coach Patrick Aussems has always credited him for keeping the team in the game.

Elsewhere, AFC Leopards winger Jaffari Odenyi Owiti has resumed training after recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament tear that sidelined him for over year.

Owiti suffered the injury during their FKF Cup quarter-final clash against league champions Tusker at Ruaraka grounds on June 9, 2021.

Leopards edged out Tusker by a solitary goal in the contest. The pacy winger missed the remainder of that season as well as the whole of last season, which Leopards finished fifth.

Owiti said he is happy to be back to playing football and thanked the club leadership for their financial support as he recuperated.

“It’s been a journey. I appreciate everyone who stood by me through my recovery path. Your support meant a lot and it feels great to be back strong. A big thank you to our club patron Mr. Alex Muteshi and our chairman Dan Shikanda for ensuring I got all that I needed.  My regards to the AFC Leopards family for the support. Be blessed,” said Odenyi.

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