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AFC Leopards
AFC Leopards.png
Full nameAFC Leopards SC
Nickname(s)Ingwe (The Leopards)
Short nameAFC, Leopards
Founded1964; 57 years ago (1964)
GroundNyayo National Stadium
Nairobi
Capacity30,000
ChairmanDan Shikanda
Head CoachPatrick Aussems
LeagueKenya Premier League
2019–2020Kenya Premier League, 6th of 18 (Called off due to COVID)
WebsiteClub website

Abaluhya Football Club Leopards Sports Club, officially abbreviated as AFC Leopards, or simply known as AFC, Leopards or Ingwe (Luhya for 'Leopards'), is a Kenyan association football club based in Nairobi. It currently competes in the Kenyan Premier League, the top tier of the Kenyan football league system, and was founded in 1964 by football lovers from the luhya community. With 12 top-flight league titles to their name, AFC Leopards is Kenya's second most successful club behind Gor Mahia (18 titles), with whom they regularly contest the Mashemeji Derby.[1] The team currently plays most of its home games at the Nyayo National Stadium.

AFC Leopards' standing as one of the most successful clubs in the region is underlined by the fact that it has won the Kenyan Premier League a record 12 times. AFC Leopards has also won the Kenya Cup 10 times, and the CECAFA Club Championship 5 times.[2]

The club was formed in 1964 as Abaluhya United Football Club. In 1973 the club changed the name to Abaluhya Football Club when a number of small clubs amalgamated.[3] In 1980 the club was named AFC Leopards till now.

In 2008 they played in the Nationwide League and won the title in their zone. They returned to the Kenyan Premier League for the 2009 season in which it also won the KFF Cup.[4]

History[edit]

The 1960s: The Good Beginnings[edit]

From the 1960s or even earlier; the notion and formation of various Abaluya teams for invitational matches became the forerunner of what eventually would become Abaluhya United. The East African Standard Newspapaer published a report on the birth of a club called Abaluhya Football Club which resulted from the amalgamation of Marama, Samia United and Bunyore; all Nairobi based clubs that were in Division 1 of the Kenya National Football League. The amalgamation process also included lower division clubs such as Kisa, Tiriki, Bukusu Brotherhood, Busamia, Lurambi, Butsotso, Bushibungo and Eshirotsa thus building its base and establishments that would make it a success in the future. This was reported in the newspaper on 12 March 1964, making it our official birthday.[5]

The 1970s and 80s: Legacy Building and Golden Era[edit]

This was a period of the club’s sustained performance pushed the Club to more fame and  paved the way for a future glorious era. This included winning the Kenya National Football League in an unbeaten fashion and in the process becoming the first Kenyan club to do so.[6]

Business as usual as Leopards marked the 80s by bring more silverware to the Den marking an unprecedented period of dominance majorly in the domestic and regional scene.[7]

The 1990s and 2000s: Little Success and Decline[edit]

In the 90s, achievements became less frequent, although in general the team continued to win some championships thus never suffering a considerable title drought.[8]

The beginning of dismal campaigns for the following 10 years, including relegation from the top tier. However, the club’s strong team spirit, the goals of its founders, its relatively stable support base; ensured the club is rejuvenated.[8]

Honours[edit]

League Honours[edit]

Cup Honours[edit]

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League[edit]

CAF Confederation Cup[edit]

  • Preliminary round exits: 2010

CAF Cup[edit]

African Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 2 November 2020

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Kenya KEN John Oyiemba
3 DF Kenya KEN Washington Munene
4 DF Kenya KEN Robinson Kamura (Captain)
6 MF Kenya KEN Said Tsuma
7 MF Kenya KEN Harrison Mwenda
10 FW Kenya KEN Elvis Rupia
11 FW Kenya KEN Hansel Ochieng
12 DF Kenya KEN Isaac Kipyegon
13 FW Burundi BDI Bienvenue Shaka
14 MF Kenya KEN Peter Thiongo
15 DF Kenya KEN Robert Mudenyu
16 GK Kenya KEN Ezekiel Owade
17 MF Rwanda RWA Fabrice Mugheni
18 FW Kenya KEN Boniface Mukhekhe
19 MF Kenya KEN Eugene Mukangula
99 GK Uganda UGA Benjamin Ochan
21 DF Kenya KEN Collins Shichenje
DF Kenya KEN Omar Somobwana
DF Kenya KEN Yusuf Mainge
25 DF Kenya KEN Lewis Bandi
22 DF Kenya KEN Collins Shivachi
MF Kenya KEN Sellasie Otieno (On Loan from Liberty Sports Academy)
23 MF Kenya KEN Austin Odhiambo
MF Ghana GHA Gideon Waja
26 MF Kenya KEN Marvin Nabwire
25 MF Kenya KEN Clyde Senaji
40 MF South Sudan SSD Saad Musa
FW Kenya KEN Dan Sunguti
27 FW Kenya KEN Jaffery Awiti
FW Kenya KEN Caleb Olilo

Out On Loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
- GK Kenya KEN Maxwell Mulili (at Zoo Kericho)
- MF Kenya KEN Dan Musamali (at Nzoia Sugar) |}

Footballing and Medical Staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Belgium Patrick Aussems[9]
Assistant Coach None
Goalkeeper Coach Kenya Lawrence Webo
Team Manager Kenya Tom Juma
Team Doctor Kenya Patrick Ngusale
Physiotherapist Kenya Bonventure Odire
Fitness Coach Kenya Vincent Mbwave

Board of Directors[edit]

Position Name
Chairman Kenya Dan Shikanda[10]
Secretary General Kenya Olyver Sikuku[10]
Treasurer Kenya Maurice Chichi[10]
Commercial Director Kenya Enos Mutokah[11]

Coaches and Managers[edit]

2009-2010
Kenya Jonathan Niva 1966-1970
Kenya Jonathan Niva 1973-1977
Uganda Robert Kiberu 1979-1984
Denmark Gerry Saurer 1984-1985
Wales Graham Williams 1986-1987
Kenya Joe Masiga 1987 (player/manager)
Ghana Charles Gyamfi 1988-1991
Netherlands Jan Koops 2012
Belgium Luc Eymael 2013
Netherlands Hendrik Pieter De Jongh 2014[12]
Croatia Zdravko Logarušić 2015
Netherlands Jan Koops 2016
Belgium Ivan Minnaert 2016
England Stewart Hall 2016-2017
Romania Dorian Marin 2017
Kenya Robert Matano 2017-2018
Argentina Rodolfo Zapata 2018
Serbia Nikola Kavazović 2018
Serbia Marko Vasiljević 2018-2019
Rwanda Andre Cassa Mbungo 2019-2020
Kenya Anthony Kimani 2020
Czech Republic Thomas Trucha 2020
Kenya Anthony Kimanidagger 2020-2021
Belgium Patrick Aussems 2021- Present

dagger Interim Manager

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kenya - List of Champions". rsssf.com. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  2. ^ admin. "The 2000s: Little success and decline". Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  3. ^ Daily Nation, 5 January 2004: Oyugi speaks on state of soccer
  4. ^ Kenyafootball, 17 November 2008: AFC Leopards confirmed for 2009 Premier League Archived 16 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ admin (18 March 2019). "The 1960s: The Good Beginnings". AFC Leopards SC. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  6. ^ admin (18 March 2019). "The 1970s: Legacy Building". AFC Leopards SC. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  7. ^ admin (18 March 2019). "The 1980s: The Golden Era". AFC Leopards SC. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  8. ^ a b admin (18 March 2019). "The 1990s: The New Era". AFC Leopards SC. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Aussems: AFC Leopards unveil Belgian coach as they target title | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  10. ^ a b c "Dan Shikanda elected new AFC Leopards Chairman". Michezoafrika.com. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Enos Mutokah appointed Commercial Director". AFC Leopards SC. 9 February 2021. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  12. ^ "Troubled Leopards send Dutch coach De Jongh packing". Daily Nation. Retrieved 5 June 2018.

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