Amani National Congress (ANC) politician Eliud Owalo has donated Ksh300,000 to popular Kenya Premier League side AFC Leopards to mitigate the Covid-19 pandemic challenges.
Owalo made the announcement during a lunch he hosted for the players, members of the technical bench and club officials at Sarova Panafric Hotel in Nairobi on Saturday,1st August.
The politician, who vied and lost the Kibra parliamentary by-election last November, was received by club chairman Dan Shikhanda, team manager Tom Juma, coach Anthony Kimani and captain Robinson Kamura.
This comes barely a month after Owalo held a similar function with AFC’s arch-rivals, Gor Mahia Football Club, who are the reigning KPL champions, and donated Ksh250,000.
Speaking later about his AFC lunch date, he said: “I utilised the occasion to make a modest contribution of Ksh300,000 to the team as basic subsistence support during the current hard times of Covid-19.”
Owalo said there was a need to revive the intense competition and heated rivalry between AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia of the 1980s and 1990s to uplift the standard of soccer in the country.
He challenged the Leopards officials to “formulate a strategic plan to provide a clear roadmap to guide the club’s operations.
“I equally espouse the need to determine clear thematic areas that can inform Strategic Business Units (SBUs) for the club backed by elaborate business or operational plans that are well-aligned to the long-term strategic plan,” said Owalo, who is a professional management consultant.
To institutionalise good governance, Owalo urged the AFC management to “embrace change, establish and operationalise a professional secretariat, optimise recruitment and contracting of players and prioritise their welfare”.
He also advised the team to build and sustain a strong brand to attract private-sector investment, and adopt innovative marketing strategies, including effective merchandising. AFC should also pursue feasible projects, develop a sound performance management framework, build a robust monitoring, evaluation and reporting mechanism, bench-marking with global-best practices in football management.