AFC Leopards pocket Ksh5.4M from Shichenje sale
AFC Leopards' midfielder Collins Shichenje has completed a multi-million deal to Swedish side AIK.
After months of uncertainty about his move, the 21-year-old defensive midfielder sealed his dream move after penning down a four-year deal with the Swedish outfit that is also home to Kenya internationals Eric Ouma and Henry Meja.
Unlike recent transfers which have always been termed as "undisclosed", the Sichenje deal has had the club benefit and it is the highest ever deal the club has made in the recent past.
AFC Leopards is set to pocket an excess of Ksh5.4 million from AIK, making this a historic move for both the player and his former club.
In June 2014, AFC Leopards sold Allan Wanga to Sudan side El Merreikh. The record transfer was worth Ksh4 million and that was the highest amount the club ever received from an outgoing transfer.
Initial reports however had indicated that Wanga's deal to El Merreikh was worth Ksh17 million. Reacting to the latest development, AFC Leopards CEO Victor Bwibo has said that they have received some money from the Swedish side and will use the money to offset pending bills at the club.
"Shichenjes transfer will lift the club's profile as a hub of quality players as well as earn its income to meet its short term financial needs," he told People Daily Digital.
After a botched move to Greek Super League side PAOK, Shichenje returned to AFC Leopards earlier this year and played a vital role in ensuring that the club avoided relegation in a season that will likely be memorable to most of its fans.
The former Green Commandos captain marshalled Ingwe's midfield alongside the now-departed Marvin Nabwire and Daniel Musamali.