NAIROBI, Kenya- The traditional Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season opener pitting KPL champions Gor Mahia FC against GOtv Shield champions AFC Leopards SC at the Afraha Stadium on Sunday will continue as earlier planned.
This is after Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja allayed fears of a financial crisis at the den with a personal donation of Kshs 1.6M on Friday afternoon while promising the club a state of the art bus.
The man who described himself as the ‘Super Senator’ amid applause from visibly worried Ingwe players said he will ensure the club has a new sponsor in the coming week or so, following the withdraw of leading bookmaker SportPesa.
The amount given in cash will be helpful as the team prepares to face Kenyan champions Gor in the 2018 season curtain raiser that will present the first Mashemeji Derby of the new campaign.
“Days of the Ingwe, one of the most supported club in the country failing to honour matches because of lack of funds is a thing of the past. As a club patron, I will never let that happen,” an exuberant Sakaja offered.
“The money will be used to settle some of the outstanding debts, but most importantly enable the team travel to Nakuru for the season opener,” he added when the team paid him a courtesy call at his office on Friday.
The legislator further urged the team to work towards clinching the Super Cup, the Kenyan Premier League and also CAF, to which the players responded in affirmative.
“For a club of AFC’s status, there is need to have a state of the art bus, one that will be befitting, as the patron, I will ensure that is done very soon,”he assured.