Fans of perennial Kenyan Premier League clubs AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia FC have come together in a rare show of unity to rescue a financially troubled player. AFC Leopards captain Martin Imbalambala was the beneficiary of this unity after he was thrown out of his house by his landlord for nonpayment of rent.
Fans from the two teams came together through social media to raise funds for Imbalambala. Through Facebook, passionate fans contributed towards the kitty and by noon on Thursday, over Sh45, 000 had been raised.
“Banter aside, politics aside and without saying much on the current financial issues that have befallen Kenya’s biggest and most successful soccer clubs; we have a situation and a grave one for that matter that requires immediate response. After reading this article on today’s Daily Nation, the KPL fans on this page have vowed to collect emergency funds to the AFC Leopards Captain Martin Imbalambala. This is a Father, a husband and the sole bread winner for his family; besides being our friend.
Let us do this for Marto irrespective of which team we support in the Kenyan Premier League.
Let us do this as fans of Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards.
Kile ulichonacho tafadhali peperusha.
All the details of the contributions will be posted here and the money handed over to the Captain in the course of TODAY. The MPESA number is 0721897730. Thanks again for supporting Marto na Mungu awabariki.
The money was then handed to the player in the presence of 3 K’ogalo and 2 Ingwe fans. He was accompanied by two of his teammates; Edwin Simiyu and Jackson Saleh. AFC Leopards is going through financial crisis but let’s hope all will be well for the team.
Here the photos of Martin receiving the cash