Sakaja shows his spots as he takes up AFC Leopards patron role
Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja is set to be unveiled as AFC Leopards patron this week, Nairobi News understands.
The decision was unanimously made by the club’s National Executive Committee over the weekend, moments after the youthful politician bailed out the team with close to Sh500K.
“He (Sakaja) could officially be unveiled during the GOtv Shield final,” said Leopards Secretary General Oscar Igaida.
“He is one of the very few leaders from Western Kenya who has come out to assist the club this year. The management believes he can be entrusted to source for more assistance via his deep contacts, including a second sponsor.”
Leopards are set to face Kariobangi Sharks in the GOtv Shield final on October 20. The winner will not only take home Sh3 million, but also earn a ticket to represent the country in the Caf Confederation Cup in 2018.
Senator Sakaja’s, donation according to Igaida, has already been channeled towards offsetting the players and technical bench allowances.
This donation comes barely three weeks after Sakaja again forked out Sh150,000 towards the club’s operations.
He could now join a list of elite leaders from Western Kenya, including Musalia Mudavadi, Cyrus Jirongo, Alfred Sambu and Raila Odinga, all of whom have served as Leopards patron in the past.
Leopards patron has in the past been primarily tasked with seeking extra funding for a club that continues to struggle financially despite its potential.