Entitled Ingwe players refuse to train over 20k winning allowance

21st February 2024

Efforts by club chairman Dan Shikanda to placate the strike fell on deaf ears.

PHOTO| AFC Leopards
PHOTO| AFC Leopards
  • The players refused to take part in the Wednesday training session.
  • They are demanding around 20,000 shillings in winning allowances.
  • They are normally paid 5,000 shillings for every win.

AFC Leopards players refused to take part in training on Wednesday as they demanded the club to pay their winning allowances believed to be worth around 20,000 shillings. 

The players, who are normally paid 5,000 shillings for every win they get, downed their tools forcing the club to call off training for the day. 

SportPesa News understands that despite best efforts by club chairman Dan Shikanda to try and reason with the players and even making a promise to pay the allowances at some later fixed time, his calls fell on deaf ears. 

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"Shikanda tried to persuade the players to take part in training and even gave them a date as to when they would be paid their allowances but the players stood their ground and refused to train. 

Normally they are given their winning allowances after every match up until this latest situation" a source at the club told SportPesa News. 

It is not clear why the players would refuse to train just because of the winning allowances while the club is up to date in salary payments.

"Dealing with players is very hard. The club is up to date with all their salaries but when it calls for them to be a little understanding with the allowance issue, that's when they refuse to listen," the source added. 

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The training strike comes just days after the club played to a barren draw against Kakamega Homeboyz at the Bukhungu Stadium on Sunday. 

Prior to that, the 12-time Kenyan champions had managed to turn around their poor start to the season as they recorded six wins in eight matches (D2) to steer clear off the relegation territory where they found themselves following just one win in the opening fourteen games (D8 L5). 

It remains to be seen what will follow at the club who turn their attention to the Football Kenya Federation Cup this weekend where they take on PAC University on Sunday at the Police Sacco Grounds.

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