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AFC Leopards patron Alex Muteshi has called upon the team's passionate supporters to rekindle their fervor and return to the stadiums as the club grapples with a concerning decline in gate collections this season.
The twelve-time Kenyan champions have faced an uphill battle in the 2023/24 season, compounded by lackluster performances on the pitch.
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The decline in stadium attendance has been a significant concern for the club's finances, with the advent of e-ticketing contributing to a boost in gate collections in previous matches.
"E-ticketing has significantly contributed to our gate collections, resulting in a substantial increase in revenue, especially during matches against Shabana and Gor Mahia, where we earned nearly Ksh 4 million," he said on KTN.
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However, the recent disappointing turnout has left the club facing financial challenges, despite ongoing sponsorships from Betika and Azam Sports.
"The funds received from our sponsors are valuable, but they are not sufficient. Therefore, we call upon our fans to attend matches in large numbers so that we can boost our revenue," he added.
Acknowledging the team's fluctuating fortunes, Muteshi reminded supporters of the inherent ups and downs in football, with victories and losses being part of the game.
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Looking ahead to AFC Leopards' upcoming clash against Sofapaka at Machakos, he urged fans to turn out in full force and show patience and support for the young and promising squad.
"It's essential for our supporters to remember that football has its ups and downs, with victories and losses. This weekend, we will be going up against Sofapaka at Machakos, and I encourage our fans to come out in full force. We understand that there have been disappointing performances lately, but we urge our fans to show patience and support our young players," Muteshi concluded.
Muteshi also expressed his confidence in coach Tomas Trucha, who has been tasked with rebuilding the team.
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In addition to his role as patron, Muteshi has been instrumental in mobilizing funds for the club and offering valuable advice to the management and technical bench since his appointment in July of the previous year.
On the pitch, AFC Leopards have faced a challenging season, recording two wins, six draws, and three losses from their 11 matches so far. Despite these setbacks, Muteshi's rallying call aims to reignite the spirit of the club's fans and steer AFC Leopards back to their winning ways.