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AFC urged to nurture youth talent

05 July 2013, 16:04 Kelvin Wanjohi

AFC Leopards club has been challenged to nurture youthful talent from grass roots as they seek to reclaim their glory in the Kenya Tusker Premier League and other competitive leagues in the region.

Nairobi City County Women Representative Rachel Shebesh, who is also a trustee member of the club, said nurturing young talent will see the club perform well in the region. "The club should take advantage of the unexploited talent in the grassroots to strengthen its squad."

Shebesh who spoke during the handing over ceremony of the club’s newly elected leaders, urged the club to desist from frequent wrangles.

The Women Representative observed that wrangles have seen the club derail in terms of performance and investment. “We want the new leaders to focus on building talent and stay away from unnecessary wrangles,” she said.

Shebesh noted that AFC is a national club and as trustee members they were ready to support it in realizing achievement. She lauded club supporters for conducting peaceful elections saying it was a clear indication of success.

Other new trustee members of the club are Westlands MP Timothy Wanyonyi, Lugari’s Ayub Savula and Kiminini’s Chris Wamalwa.

The club’s new chairman Allan Kasavuli pledged to make AFC a force to reckon with in the premier league. “We want to make the club regain its past glory,” he added.

Kasavuli called for support from the outgoing team stating that they are still members of the AFC community. The chairman observed that success of the club will come if they work in unity and called for support from well-wishers, sponsors and fans.

On the same note, Kasavuli pledged to instill discipline among players and supporters of the club, observing that indiscipline acts have seen the club’s image tainted. “We are working on policies that will restore order and discipline among our supporters,” he said.

Kasavuli revealed that negotiations with Super Sports are underway to have the club matches shown live adding that a stalemate involving the club and ZUKU will be addressed soon.

The club was handed a 72hour ultimatum last week to denounce in writing their partnership with Wananchi Programming Limited/Zuku TV or risk suspension from the Kenyan Premier League.

He urged the government to promote soccer saying the game has been neglected leading to poor results by the national team.

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