AFC Leopards turns the blame to Ruto’s government after a spate of poor results
AFC Leopards chairman Dan Shikanda has blamed President William Ruto’s after their recent poor form in the Football Kenya Premier league.
According to Shikanda, their loss has been attributed to government’s failure to maintain the Playing surface to it’s preferred standards.
In their last league match last weekend at Nyayo National Stadium, Leopards were thumped 4-1 by Bidco United, a result which Shikanda blamed on the venue’s poor turf.
”The playing surface in Nyayo and Kasarani and other stadiums is working to our disadvantage. If Aussems tries to impact his philosophy of playing good football and the surface is bad, then we will still lose. The poor playing surface is working against our system of play,” Shikanda said.
After that loss to Bidco United, angry Leopard fans held the players and technical bench hostage before police intervened. The fans then held demonstrations in town and were again dispersed by police officers.
“I urge our fans not to take laws into their hands because we are addressing this issue. Everyone one was stressed after that embarrassing defeat to Bidco. Personally, I haven’t eaten well for three days because the office is always at the receiving end when things go bad,” Shikanda said.
Leopards’ only wins this season was 2-0 victory against Ulinzi Stars on November 19 and 1-0 triumph over Nairobi City Stars on January 4. The 12-time league champions are currently placed 10th with eight points from seven matches.
Athletics Kenya’s Nairobi branch and Kip Keino Classic meet director Barnaba Korir has called upon sports stakeholders in the country to intensify their strategies and collectively lay down the anti-doping strategies in a bid to tame the monster which is ravaging Kenyan sporting scene.
Korir who has been passionate about eradicating the vice through advocating for running clean and winning fairly said the war against doping can only be won through collective responsibility by those who embrace the game besides applying stiffer sanctions for violators of well laid guidelines.
“Many of those who found themselves on this list of shame have represented the country on many occasions and even made it to the podium. It is important that we, as sports stakeholders, intensify awareness programs at all levels of the industry to inculcate values of integrity, fairness and transparency in past, present and future athletes” he wrote
Last week,President William Ruto reiterated his commitment towards taming doping scourge to help restore Kenya’s reputation as a sporting powerhouse in the World.