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ASHIHUNDU: Fans should buy AFC Leopards’ merchandise to support the club

Sunday July 26 2020
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Gor Mahia's Boniface Omondi (left) vies for an aerial ball with AFC Leopards' Said Tsuma during their Mashemeji Derby Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on March 8, 2020.PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By JOHN ASHIHUNDU

With the new replica jerseys reported to be arriving soon from South Africa, I plead with my fellow AFC Leopards fans to support the team by buying the merchandise so that the club can meet its financial obligations.

Club Chairman Dan Shikanda said the Umbro kits will finally to be available for purchase from next month after a delayed arrival caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ingwe’s plan is to lift the Kenyan Premier League next season. I encourage fans to buy masks and other products from the club  one of our sponsors to help guard against the financial losses suffered by the Covid-19 outbreak and the withdrawal of SportPesa.

AFC supporters in Nairobi will purchase the jerseys from the newly furnished club shop at Sawa Mall, 3rd floor on Moi Avenue. They can also buy caps, T-shirts, scarves, bands, watches and others products bearing Ingwe brand. 

The shop will also be selling match-day tickets and sanitisers to boost the club’s income considering we no longer get any reasonable revenue from gate collections.

The club plans to open other merchandise shops in other parts of the country including Mombasa, Kakamega and Kisumu and entertainment joints. Club officials said that the new Umbro shirts will cost Sh3,000.

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The club is also making arrangements to enable fans acquire the replica jerseys through the club’s official website and from a few authentic dealers who will be contracted to sale face masks and other merchandise.

The club has already ordered 2,500 shirts for a start, but more orders will be made ahead of the new season depending on demand.

Rupia extends contract

We call upon true AFC fans to refrain from dealing in illegal and unauthorised merchandise including counterfeit jerseys.

AFC Leopards has a monthly bill of Sh4.5 million that includes salaries for 30 players and the technical bench officials. We can’t afford sabotage efforts to boost income.

Another way to support the club is for Ingwe followers to register as members through branches for Sh1,200 annually. This is how to pay: Name: AFC Leopards Sports Club. Bank: Kenya Commercial Bank Limited. Branch: Moi Avenue. Account Number: 1178034666.

Before our new sponsors BetSafe came on board with Sh40 million per year plus the Sh8 million from BetKing deal brought by Football Kenya Federation, Ingwe has been relying on well-wishers. But the new sponsors said they will start bankrolling the club only after the start of the new football season. 

As we target to win the first league title in 22 years, it’s good news that our top striker Elvis Rupia has extended his contract. Let’s stay focused on the prize.

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