Monday, April 20, 2009

A 'W' At Last

Fellow Leopards

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that Ingwe is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our team is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our Leopards, Saturday afternoon was your answer.

It's the answer told by phone calls that rang at Radio Jambo and the text messages exchanged by fans in large numbers, by people who waited eight matches.

We are, and always will be, AFC Leopards Sport Club.

It's been a long time coming, but Saturday, because of what we did on that date in this season at this Premiership moment, change has come to the Premiership.

I would not be writing this blog today without the unyielding support of the best team of old, the most supported team in the League, the rock of the Premiership, the 'love of our lives', the nation's best Premiership team AFC Leopards.

Muchera and Mukhaisi, we like you both more than you can imagine. And you have earned three premiership points that are coming with us to the Title.

To our colleagues at the Office, thank you so much for all the support that you've given the team. We are grateful to you.

And to my clubs coach, Edward Manoah, the unsung hero of this Team, who has been rebuilding the best Club, with the aid of Tony Lidonde, Thank You.

To our chief pass strategist Farid Ahmed who's been our key player with us in every step of the way.

To the whole team assembled with meager resources, you made this happen and we are forever grateful for what you've sacrificed to get it done.

But above all, we will never forget who this victory truly belongs to.

It belongs to you the Ingwe Supporters.

We were never the likeliest candidates for the Title let alone the game on Sato.

We didn't start with much money or many endorsements.

Our club was not hatched in the halls of a church . It began in the backyards of Nairobi and the living rooms of Kibera, Kawangware, Langata, Buru Buru and the front porches of Hooters..

It was built by a genius in Manoah who knew how to spend wisely on every penny of the Club.

It grew strength from the Young Players who rejected the myth of their generation's apathy, who left their home teams and their families for the club that offered little pay and less sleep but great pleasure.

This is your victory.

And we know you didn't do this just to win the Game. And I know you didn't do it for us.

You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate today, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime - a home game against Mathare United, a host of injuries, the worst haters in a century.

And to all those calling in at Radio Jambo on Saturday from beyond our shores, from Buru and South C, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of Leopards leadership is at hand.

Yes, we can.

Thank you. God bless you. And may God bless Ingwe!!!

On a serious note...

Sony 0 Leopards 1

Sebastian Muchera scored for Leopards in the 35th minute for a sensational win over Sony at Awendo that sparked off celebrations among Leopards supporters all round the country.

It was the first win for the bottom-placed Leopards but few of their fans doubt that it was the beginning of a sure resurgence.

Muchera, who scored the previous weekend in the 1-1 tie with KCB at Coca Cola Stadium, again showed reliability as a worthy striker when he connected a fine cross from Ahmed Farid.

"We are happy that the boys have finally found the winning touch which has been eluding us," said their team manager Tony Lidonde, a former Leopards stalwart.

It was a stout effort by Leopards because Sony are a supremely difficult team to beat at Awendo.

League Standings
2Western Stima9517
3Thika United9415
4City Stars9415
6Sher Karuturi9313
7Ulinzi Stars9313
8Mathare United9312
12Chemelil Sugar829
13Red Berets929
15Gor Mahia927
16AFC Leopards917

Full Standings

Agro Chemicals did not play their match against Chemelil as a player from one of the teams had passed away after taking an illegal brew.


  1. This was very good news, that Leopards have registered a win. This is a motivation to all the Leopards family.

  2. trip down memory lane huh