Wesonga appointed AFC Leopards Team Manager

The long serving football admnistrator Albert Wesonga has been appointed the team manager of FKF Premier League side AFC Leopards.

Wesonga takes over from the club’s Assistant Coach Tom Juma who has been acting in the same capacity after being promoted in February 2020.

Wesonga who has held the same position at defunct Nakumatt FC promised to use his wealth of experience to help in the restoration of lost glory at the den.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity and I want to assure the team stakeholders led by Chairman Dan Shikanda and entire fan fraternity that I will professionally do my best to help in delivery of results at the den. AFC Leopards is Kenya’s football giants and it’s a team I have keenly followed since my childhood life so I understand their potential and a few areas we need to work on together with the technical team to help push for its resurgence.” he noted.

The 12 time Kenya Premier League champions are currently preparing for two-day football tournament in memory of club legends who have died in recent years.

He is optimistic that his charges will be crowned winners of the tourney which will feature top tier representatives Nzoia Sugar FC, Vihiga Bullets and Kakamega Homeboyz with the winner lifting the inaugural Elijah Lidonde Memorial Cup in Kakamega county.

“The team is in great spirit and boys are very psyched up ahead of the weekend tournament which will bring a host of top flight clubs including last season’s runners-up Kakamega Homeboys. We are determined to start our pre-season on a high and win this two day event” added Wesonga.

Director of Immigration Alex Muteshi said the the club is one of the biggest unifying factors in the region.

“We must honour our departed heroes. I know we have many legends including Shem Chimoto, Joe Kadenge, Jonathan Niva, Anthony Mukabwa, Sammy Tabu, Haggai Mirikau, David Asibwa, Livingstone Madegwa who died after doing duty for this big club, but this tournament will be named Elijah Lidonde Memorial Cup in honour of all our former greats,” said Muteshi.

Bukhungu stadium is booked for another event on Saturday so the organisers have moved the opening round of matches to Mumias complex then revert to Bukhungu for the finals on Sunday.

The late Lidonde, who died in September 1987, captained both Abaluhya (AFC Leopards) and Harambee Stars between 1950 and 1961.

The tournament will be played in a knockout format from the semi-final, to third and fourth-play offs, and then the final.

The winning team will pocket Sh1 million, with the second, third and fourth-placed teams pocketing Sh500,000, Sh400,000, and Sh250,000 respectively.

  

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