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Western politicians help Leopards purchase Burundian striker

AFC Leopards new signing Alexis “Sanchez” Kitenge finally jetted in Kenya in on Friday, four days after three politicians from western Kenya helped facilitate his purchase.

Kitenge, 21, the top scorer in Burundi’s league last season after scoring 22 times, has been roped in by Leopards as a replacement for the departing Ghana forward Gilbert Fiamenyo.

The club is understood to have coughed up some Sh1.2 million to secure the former Athletico Olympic star player.

Of the amount, three politicians from Kakamega County namely Stanley Livondo who is eyeing the Senator seat, alongside Babetuu Inyamah (Shinyalu) and Bernard Shinali (Ikolomani) each donated Sh100,000 towards Kitenge’s purchase


“He will bring goals, that is a department that needed some serious beefing up. Having watched him play and seeing as how his former club was reluctant to release him, I can say that we have a good deal,” Leopards chairman Dan Mule explained.

“I believe the club has recruited quality players who will ensure the club finish this season among the top four teams in the league. We should also aim to win the domestic cup (GOTV Shield) and seek to compete in continental assignments next season,” Inyimah,whose previously served as the club secretary general, explained

Currently ranked 12th in the 18-team league, Leopards have also signed Ugandan midfielder Musa Mudde, his compatriot Kerozi Kizito and Victor Majid in the transfer window.