Makadara MP and former AFC Leopards Chairman George Aladwa

Makadara Member of Parliament George Aladwa has reiterated his commitment towards supporting Kenya Premier League side Vihiga Bullets which has been facing financial challenges during their second season in the top tier following their promotion from National Super League [NSL] in 2021.

Aladwa who is not stranger to Kenya’s football having been the Secretary General of former giants AFC Leaopards between 2013-2016 underscored need for the support of local soccer activities especially community clubs which play an integral role in the development of overall game in the country.

’’Everyone knows my passion for the game and previous involvement in supporting growth of footbal in Kenya and I’m extending the same to Vihiga Bullets which is currently in turmoil over lack of resources to bankroll their activities.Soon we are going to take over the team and offer our much needed help so that it can continue honouring their top flight assignments and improving the sport in Vihiga county through recruitment of talented boys who lie unutilised on the ground.This is the beginning of better things ahead for Bullets and my appeal to both playing unit and technical bench is that they should keep the focus as everything will be well’’ he confidently stated.

On Thursday,the former mayor of defunct Nairobi City council came to the rescue of the struggling side after getting stranded at the Nyayo national stadium following the conclusion of midweek clash which they lost 1-0 to AFC Leopards.

According to the team head coach George Owoko, the top flight newbies could not raise Sh30,000 that they needed for their trip back home despite honouring the game courtesy of intervention of well wishers led by boda boda, mama mboga, and small scale business people who raised money to help the team.

“I want to thank Hon George Aladwa for coming to our help. We are now ready to travel home. Our appeal also touched Mr George Achar who is a businessman in the US. On behalf of the team, I thank him. God bless Aladwa na Achar for doing us this favour.We were broke and the money collected will now cater for our meals on the way back home, fuel among other logistics. We appreciate this kind gesture,” Owoko said.

Club patron Moses Akaranga said efforts for the club to secure sponsors have been unsuccessful.

The former Vihiga Governor has been the main financier since the team earned promotion to the topflight league in 2020/21 season.

Bullets are currently 17th on the KPL table ahead of their weekend tie against Ulinzi Stars at the Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega county.

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