Afc Leopards supporters celebrate their victory when they played against Bandari Fc at the Mombasa County Stadium on Tuesday,012th may,2015 during their premieir legaue match. PHOTO BY MAARUFU MOHAMED/STANDARD
Mr Lilumbi was forced to step down hours after people he termed ?hired goons? held a demonstration demanding that he goes away to allow a caretaker committee appointed to run the affairs of the club take charge.
?Today, I have relinquished my position as Organising Secretary after some fans held a demonstration at my place of work. It created a very bad picture because I work for an international organisation,? he said.
Lilumbi said he has always done his best for the club and had resisted pressure to quit because he wanted to hand over to the caretaker committee in a transparent manner.
?I have always done my best for AFC Leopards but evidently, no one appreciates my work and it is only fair to walk away. Let those who have been hiring goons to demonstrate against me to stop. They did it when we played against Sofapaka three weeks ago,? he said.
Speaking about today?s funds drive at the Pan Afric hotel starting6pm, the club?s Deputy Secretary General Asava Kadima said they are targeting to raise Sh12million to clear what they owe players and members of the technical bench.
?It has been a difficult time for AFC Leopards since our sponsors Mumias Sugar stopped remitting money to the club. We have a monthly budget of Sh4.2million, yet we raise only Sh500,000 at the gates, leaving us with a huge deficit,? he revealed.
NO KPL MONEY
He further revealed that the club does not receive any money from Kenyan Premier League (KPL) as grants, having taken loans to clear up salaries and other arrears.
?We are supposed to be getting Sh550,000 from the KPL every month as grants, but we are no longer entitled to this money because we took up loans in the past to clear what we owed the players and former coach Pietier De Jongh,? he said.
Kadima urged fans to turn up in large numbers for today?s fund-raiser, which will be presided over by Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga.
?I am happy that we have brought together all factions of the club so as to work together for the benefit of AFC Leopards. After the fund raising, we will hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and fill up vacant posts in the club,? he said.
On the future of head coach Zradvko Logarusic, Kadima said the Croat is expected back this week and will handle the club during their match against Thika United.
?He is still our coach and we expect him back on Wednesday. Furthermore, we have also convinced some of the players who wanted to leave to remain,? he revealed.
By Gilbert Wandera, The Standard