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Homeboyz owner pledges to educate young fan who wept after Leopards’ loss

Kakamega Homeboyz owner, Cleophas Shimanyula, has promised to educate a young fan of AFC Leopards who was captured on camera weeping after Ingwe lost 2-1 to the Kakamega outfit in the semi-finals of the Mozzartbet Cup on Saturday at the Nyayo National Stadium.

In a post on social media, Homeboyz FC said Shimanyula he is seeking the whereabouts of the young boy, whom he lauded for showing his loyalty to his team.

“Club chairman Mr Cleophas Shimanyula is seeking the whereabouts of a young football fan captured uncontrollably in tears after the AFC Leopards defeat on Saturday. Mr Shimanyula wants to support the boy’s education (for) showing his loyalty during last Saturday’s Mozzartbet semi-final encounter at Nyayo National Stadium… true sportsmanship,” the club statement read.

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Homeboyz’ fans received this news with mixed reactions. Some celebrated the young boys while some expressed dissatisfaction that an opposing Leopards’ fan was being sponsored by their club chairman.

“There are many ways in which doors are opened in someone’s life. Do not block this child’s blessings. The only person who can refuse help is the biological parent(s) of the child. I urge the parents of the this boy to receive this golden chance. Blessings come in many forms,” said Winston Luchivia.

“Keep up the good work! Toto,” commented Lacey Joseph.

“This is a the best reward the boy can get… God bless you abundantly our prezda,” said Martha Ocharo.

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Mr Shimanyula is known as a man of means with interests in the transport sector where he owns a number of matatus and buses playing the Kakamega-Kisumu and Kakamega-Nairobi routes.

He also has interests in real estate, and once said in a radio interview that he has employed 800 people who depend on him for survival. He also has the contract to sweep Kakamega and Lubao towns and is known to be one of the biggest partners of Kakamega county.

In October 2018, Mr Shimanyula captured national attention when one his buses, christened Homeboyz, was involved in a road accident, killing 48 people in Fort Ternan, Kericho. Today, the bus operates as a commercial lorry after the National Transport and Safety Authority gave him the go ahead to transform the vehicle’s body.

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