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AFC Leopards chairman Dan Shikanda on the spot for ‘threatening’ Nation journalist

By Cecil Odongo November 16th, 2023 2 min read

AFC Leopards chairman Dan Shikanda is battling accusations of assaulting a Nation Media Group journalist.

Shikanda is also accused of threatening Daily Nation reporter John Ashihundu.

The matter has been reported to the Langata Police Station in Nairobi.

The football administrator is said to have confronted the journalist during a Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League match between AFC Leopards and Posta Rangers at the Ulinzi Sports Complex.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw with Rangers who are top of the league standings after 11 rounds of matches, scoring the equalizing goal in the last ten minutes of the match.

Shikanda is said to have accused Ashihundu, a veteran journalist, of writing stories that paint him and the club in negative light.

“I have never done any story that suggests there is betting going on at the club as he claimed. I don’t know why he confronted and issued a stern warning to me over what I have not done,” the unmoved Ashihundu, who is well respected in Leopards circles and has been part of the club journey for many years, told Nairobi News.

Shikanda refused to respond to calls to comment on the issue.

In the related development, AFC Leopards Facebook branch has written to Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and the club’s National Executive Committee indicating its member Steve Mungo was assaulted by Shikanda and people he claims are his goons.

Mungo has an OB from Lang’ata Police Station where he reported his ordeal.

In a letter signed by Facebook branch Chairman Sadique Bilal and Secretary Edward Dindi, they have given Ingwe NEC 14 days to address the issue promptly.

Failure to address the issue which touches on their members will see them withdraw their support for the NEC and seek redress from football and government authorities in the country.

“Mr. Mungo, a former diligent NEC official and a long-term supporter of the team, was subjected to a shameful attack by none other than the person who currently holds the post of club chairman,” said part of their letter.

“The chairman’s actions raise serious questions about his character and suitability for such a prominent role,” it added.

Leopards have had a bad run this season and a section of fans have been calling on Shikanda to exit, blaming him on poor policy of signing players at the club.

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