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Ex-official Shimoli eyes Leopards chairmanship

Thursday December 6 2018

Former AFC Leopards vice-chairman, Vincent Shimoli (centre) addresses the media at the Sagret Hotel, Nairobi on December 5, 2018 where he declared his intention to contest for the club’s top seat during the forthcoming elections in June 2019. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO |

Former AFC Leopards vice-chairman, Vincent Shimoli (centre) addresses the media at the Sagret Hotel, Nairobi on December 5, 2018 where he declared his intention to contest for the club’s top seat during the forthcoming elections in June 2019. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By JOHN ASHIHUNDU
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Former AFC Leopards vice-chairman, Vincent Shimoli has declared his intention to contest for the club’s top seat during the forthcoming elections in June.

Under his motto: “Returning Ingwe to the top”, Shimoli, 60, urged fans to register in large numbers to be able to participate in the polls and have the power to elect competent officials who love the club.

“As we wait for the elections, I am appealing to all members to rally behind the current office as they prepare the team for the new season set to kick off this weekend,” said the former KFF Nairobi branch Youth Development Secretary-General.

“Having served this club in different capacities before, I don’t want history to judge me harshly if I sit down and watch as the future of our club is being destroyed due to poor management. I am back to save Ingwe and give it to the right people!” added Shimoli, who served under Alex ole Magelo.

“Losing five times to Gor Mahia in a row under the current office led by Dan Mule has left me with a very bitter taste.

“Our bragging rights are gone,” said Shimoli, a one time Kenya Under-20 player.

Shimoli was part of the team that rescued AFC Leopards together with Magelo when the club was on its deathbed, bringing it back from the National Super League to the Kenyan Premier League in 2009.
The former Nairobi Liquor Licensing Board chairman said he would champion for accountability and thus all contributions from well-wishers will be posted on the club website to build trust.

Besides Shimoli, the club's former CEO Richard Ekhalie has also announced his intention to vie for the top seat.

"I want to motivate the players, pay them handsome winning bonuses and help in constructing a training ground for the team," said Ekhalie.

Meanwhile, Matthews Opwora who has previously served as chairman of the club, says he does not intend to vie for the top seat because the current team led by Dan Mule is in office illegally.

Mule is yet to announce whether he will seek re-election but club secretary Oscar Igaida is also rumoured to harbour ambitions of gunning for the top seat.

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