Daddy Owen strikes a chord with AFC Leopards amid financial duet

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FOOTBALL Daddy Owen strikes a chord with AFC Leopards amid financial duet

Festus Chuma 09:31 - 25.02.2024

Renowned musician Daddy Owen meet AFC Leopards' chairman on Saturday to discuss innovative solutions for the club's ongoing financial challenges.

Renowned Kenyan musician Daddy Owen has taken a significant step towards contributing to the local football scene after his recent meeting with AFC Leopards chairman Dan Shikanda. 

The encounter, aimed at discussing the future prospects of the 12-time FKF Premier League champions, comes at a crucial time as the club grapples with financial challenges, including unpaid match-winning bonuses.

In a statement shared on X, formerly and commonly known as Twitter, Daddy Owen, whose real name is Owen Mwatia, revealed the promising discussion he had with Shikanda.

"I had a meeting today with AFC Leopards Chairman, Mr. Dan Shikanda, who clearly has a roadmap for where he wants to take the club, from short-term to long-term strategic plans," he disclosed.

During the meeting, Owen presented an innovative idea that could potentially unlock new opportunities for AFC Leopards, promising to benefit the club in various ways.

 "I presented to him an idea that I believe can work for AFC as an entity and can open up some new avenues for the club," he added,

The gospel artist further illuminated the discussion by mentioning a significant asset of the club - a title deed for a piece of land in the Kasarani area, gifted to AFC Leopards by the late President Daniel arap Moi in 1992. 

"I thought it was just rumors that AFC and Gor Mahia have legal lands to build stadiums! Today, I confirmed it's true. A stadium for community clubs will be a huge step in making a club like AFC self-sufficient," Owen emphasized.

AFC Leopards and their arch-rivals Gor Mahia were both beneficiaries of Moi’s generosity, receiving parcels of land to construct their stadia. 

Despite the lapse of three decades, neither club has developed these plots, located adjacent to the country's premier sports facility, the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

The current financial strain on AFC Leopards characterized by hefty expenses on training grounds and office space rentals underscores the urgent need for such an initiative. 

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