Finally, a way forward for the wrangle-weary AFC Leopards?

Friday February 18 2011

 AFC Leopards players train at Kabete Technical Institute in preparation for the 2011 Kenya Premier League season. PHOTO/Mohammed Amin

AFC Leopards players train at Kabete Technical Institute in preparation for the 2011 Kenya Premier League season. PHOTO/Mohammed Amin 

By CHARLES NYENDE

The incessant leadership crisis in AFC Leopards appeared resolved, for now, after Football Kenya Limited brokered a way forward pending new elections.

At a press conference on Friday Football Kenya Limited senior vice chairman Titus Kasuve announced that the current AFC Leopards office under the chairmanship of Julius Ochiel will remain in office and oversee the drafting of a new constitution before elections are held by mid this season.

Kasuve also said the suspension of secretary general Robert Asembo, that had been a big contention within the club, was nullified and he has now resumed his duties in the same capacity at the club.

“We expected this club to be managed under the chairmanship of Ochiel, assistant chairman (George) Aladwa, secretary Asembo and treasurer Amin Walji and the others until we are able to address the issue of a new constitution that FKL recognizes,” Kasuve said.

Did not address challenges

Kasuve said that part of the problems with Leopards was their constitution which did not address the challenges of running a modern football club.

The decision was a culmination of a series of meetings held between FKL and the AFC officials following aborted elections on Sunday.

The ill-fated elections turned chaotic after rival fans and contestants clashed forcing police to forcefully disperse the gathering.

Ochiel had sought re-election but faced a challenge from a group led by Winston Kituyi and Asembo and another by Alex ole Magelo and JJ Bukachi.

Ochiel later in the week declared that in the absence of election the incumbent office would continue to run the affairs of the club pending further action.
Ochiel and Asembo have now promised to work together.