AFC Leopards winger Brian Marita has become the fifth player to leave the Kenyan Premier League giants after the expiry of his contract, as an exodus looms over a financial crunch.
Marita exits just after Rwandan head coach Andre Casa Mbugu also resigned recently after going for five months without pay. He becomes the fifth player to leave Ingwe in the last few weeks following in the footsteps of Vincent Habamahoro, Tresor Ndikumana, Soter Kayumba, and Dennis Sikhayi. Another key player, Whyvonne Isuza, quit in December.
Marita joined in December 2017 from Western Stima and went on to cement his place in the first team, with a few goals. Marita scored eight goals in his 60 appearances for the club.
He said in a statement: “To everyone at AFC Leopards SC, my teammates, staff and to all you fans, thank you for your support throughout the time we’ve been together. God bless you! I wish you the best of luck for the future. Looking forward to a new challenge.”
Through its Twitter account, the club confirmed the departure of three players citing the end of their contract.
“AFC Leopards announces the departure of Moses Mburu, Dennis Sikhayi, and Brian Marita after the end of their contracts. We would like to thank them for their dedicated service to the club. We wish them all the best in their next assignment,” said the statement.