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Ingwe fundraises KES 5.5 million to pay players

24 June 2015, 14:14 Ken Wekesa

Nairobi - AFC leopards Tuesday got a boost of KES 5.5 million in a fundraising ceremony organised by the club.

The fundraiser was was aimed at raising more than KES 15 million needed to enable it to run efficiently up to the end of the season. The money is expected to go towards paying the players and the technical bench.

The club has been faced with money challenges in the past years due to lack of a sponsor. Mumias sugar, which has been their main sponsor withdrew its sponsorship three years ago due to financial constraints.

The event's chief guest, Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga urged the club to start a business that will allow them to make an income and stop relying on donors and sponsors.

"Let us emulate Gor Mahia by starting our own means of funding the club. When Gor is down, their leaders rise to support it. The other day they started their bread; why can’t we start even selling unga and the proceeds be channeled to the club?" he asked.

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The governor asked the club to elect people with management skills in leadership.

"Good governance and good management will bring sponsors to the team," he said.

He also asked the corporate world to support the team.

The club patron, Cyrus Jirongo said the last 8 months have been tough for the team due to lack of money and players and technical bench were the worst affected.

He said they will name an interim Committee on Tuesday that will run the club for 90 days.

The previous committee resigned due to internal wrangles.

The fundraiser was largely attended by politicians from Western.

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