Rich Leopards must chose new leaders wisely

It will require men and women of vision to manage such enormous resources.

Monday March 21 2016

AFC Leopards fans celebrating along Nairobi Streets in Nairobi on March 13, 2016 after their SportPesa Premier League match against Chemelil Sugar FC at Nyayo Stadium. The teams drew 1-1. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

AFC Leopards fans celebrating along Nairobi Streets in Nairobi on March 13, 2016 after their SportPesa Premier League match against Chemelil Sugar FC at Nyayo Stadium. The teams drew 1-1. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By PETER LEFTIE
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The team is on course, no doubt about that. Even the most malignant of Ingwe haters, my good friend and reformed goon Tom Osanjo reluctantly confesses to Leopards’ superiority over our more noisy neighbours and the others.

There are of course some rough edges which head coach Ivan Minnaert must polish going forward but so far, so good. But even in its current form, Ingwe is what vijana wa mataa would term moto wa kuotea mbali.

The coach himself is on record saying that he may do with some more experienced players in the second phase of the season. Understandably so. One will realise that three or four highly gifted and experienced guys have carried the rest of the team since the league started.

I have in mind guys like Clifford Miheso, Lamin Diallo, Allan Katerega, Andrew Tololwa and the captain Lucas Indeche.

This is not to say that the rest of the guys in the den are mediocre, not at all. On a good day, the likes of Eugene Ambulwa, Yakub Ramadhan, Andrew Diego, Bernard Ongoma, Simon Abuko and Alfred Wekesa can stand up to any team in this part of the world, not least our noisy neighbours whom they recently humiliated, occasioning the departure of the head coach and his assistant.

UNFORTUNATE SITUATION

I must apologise to K’Ogalo for Ingwe’s part in this unfortunate situation. It is the quality in this side that has seen the likes of Abuko, a first timer in top flight football, easily and deservedly finding himself in Harambee Stars.

But even as we celebrate the quality in this young side and their achievements so far, we must never lose sight of the bigger picture.

With this impressive performance, word has it that a number of sponsors are keen to come on board to partner SportPesa.

Let me not pre-empt anything by dropping names but take it from me that other sponsors are on the way. So that in the not so distant future, the problem at Ingwe may not be about lack of resources, but how to manage this fortune.

It will require men and women of vision to manage such enormous resources. Not the type that is being asked to account for some missing millions.

Just the past week, the club has been forced to refund betway some Sh10 million reportedly squandered by one or two individuals. We must keep these itchy fingers far away from the team’s management.

I’ve heard opportunity to listen to potential candidates for the office of the club chairman come elections next month and I’m impressed by the vision of guys like Dan Mule and Maurice Amahwa.

Many more will come. As we go to vote, let’s look out for such men and women, not those bent on dipping their fingers into the club’s kitty.

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