Thursday, 25 October 2012

AFC Chairman says he will not attend stakeholders meeting as Gor claims they will not miss Rama Services

Leopards Chairman Ole Magelo
By Fred Maingi
The recent move to bring together the warring AFC Leopards parties has elicited mixed reactions from concerned parties with club Chairman Alex Ole Magelo terming the  move as long overdue but insisting outstanding  issues must first be resolved if  the idea is to gain any credence
 Reacting to a move by AFC Leopards supporters to organise a  one day stakeholders  convention to bring together key stakeholders and wrangling factions,Magelo said  it will be pointless to sit down with somebody who has been fighting the club and stabbing from all directions including going to the bank and swindle money.
  ' As much as i thank the  convenors of the convention planned for November 17 at the Bomas of Kenya,let me point out that i will not be part of that meeting unless it sits  down and come out with disciplinary measures on people who have been stabbing  the club  to an extend of stealing money from the club's  account. How  can i  sit with a  thief, a person who is not bringing value to the club ? That show's  i'm condoning thieves to steal from the same club i swore to protect and serve?" wondered Magelo.
   The meeting, he added,  should address issues that have arisen like the disappearance of funds from the club accounts and recruitment of  members and how  to revamp the team to win our remaining League matches" stated Magelo.
  He said  it was pointless  to be party to a meeting with people who have previously sought to undermine the well being of the club.
The  chairman opined that  the most important thing from the club right now was to ensure the playing staff and the technical bench were in the right frame of mind as they seek to win the league
The club is three points off the league leaders Tusker with three matches to play
“We do not want the team to be distracted by boardroom matters.We want them  to be fully focused on winning the Kenya Premier league which is something all our fans and supporters want to see them do”he Observed.
    Leopards form in the league suffered a  major slump from a  club fan  Semi Aina that culminated in court cases that rendered the running of the club difficult .Magelo was categorical that Aina must come clean before  every issue is  ironed out.
“I cant sit down with a person(Aina)who single handedly frustrated the club and resulted in poor performances from the team which has left us playing catch up to win the league instead of being the front runners”he said
Leopards face oserian on Saturday in a match where victory might take them to the top of the table at-least for 24 hours until Gor Mahai and Tusker clash at city stadium on Sunday
And Gor Mahia says it will not  miss the services of their creative forward Rama Salim when they host defending Champions Tusker on Sunday  at the City Stadium.
Team Captain Jerim Onyango disclosed on thursday morning that  the club has a galaxy of talented players who can fill the void.Salim is on suspension for picking five consecutive yellow cards.
  Speaking at the Nairobi City Stadium after the morning training session, Onyango said as much as they are going to feel his absence, the club can move on since they have over 30 players  in their stable.
  ''We have players like George Midenyo, Edwin Lavatsa, Moses Odhiambo  and  Ali  Abondo who can play in his position.There is no cause for alarm.I'm just calling upon our fans to attend sunday's match against Tusker in large numbers" said he.
   However, the team captain confirmed that the  club Chairman Ambrose Rachier was touched by players  plight by paying  them last month salary from his pocket.
  Onyango on a sad note said if the  club lose to Tusker, it will be the  end of everything.'We need to win sunday's match at all costs despite the salary issue.We shall focus on the match and put the salary matters  aside.Tusker is  a good  side.We respect them.We have prepared well for the match.I just hope it will not rain .I'm calling on soccer fans to turn up in large  numbers and cheers  up  otherwise if we lose the match, it will be the end of everything since our morale will sink down"

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