Shimanyula: ‘Yes we lost in CAF but we will still beat debt ridden AFC Leopards’

Shimanyula: ‘Yes we lost in CAF but we will still beat debt ridden AFC Leopards’

Twiga • 14:00 - 30.08.2023

The trip to Libya cost Shimanyula Sh9 million as visa hitch had the team paying premium fees for air tickets.

Controversial Kakamega Homeboyz fc founder and chairman Cleophas Shimanyula has scoffed at AFC Leopards fans for mocking his club’s ouster from the CAF Confederation Cup at preliminary stage.

Homeboyz were hammered 4-1 on the road after holding out for a scoreless draw at home. Ingwe fans, Homeboyz’ native rivals in Ingo threw shades at the performance much to the chagrin of Shimanyula who never runs away from confrontations.

“Yes, we lost. But we will still beat AFC Leopards home and away. They are laughing at us for losing away in Libya and saying all sorts of things but we are very comfortable. We did not incur any debts and we will still beat them,” Shimanyula said

Homeboyz travelled with fewer personnel than expected and Shimanyula pointed out the logistical challenges that hampered they smooth travels.

“There was a delay in issuance of visa. We could not book flights without the visas so when they eventually gave us the visas to travel we found the ticket costs very high. I incurred nine million shillings for this trip. That is something AFC Leopards would have only borrowed,” he said

Homeboyz start their domestic campaign at home to newly promoted Murang’a Seal and hope to fly off the blocks with victory over the minnows.

“Just watch how we are going to beat teams including AFC Leopards. We don’t have problems, we don’t have debt and besides the logistical challenges in Libya plus poor treatment most of our players were new to that experience.

We want to make CAF appearance a regular thing and trust me, we will do better that AFC leopards have ever done,” Shimanyula said

The two Ingo clubs have been constantly feuding over supremacy and Shimanyula has not shied away from giving as good as he gets. Their rivalry heightened last season when a league match at Bukhungu stadium was abandoned owing to fan trouble.