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The Congolese businessman has termed as 'ridiculous, outright lies and defamation' claims that he has been involved in smuggling of gold

Sofapaka FC President Elly Kalekwa has termed as 'ridiculous, outright lies and defamation' claims that he has been involved in smuggling of gold.

Kalekwa a Congolese international, owns the 2009 Kenyan Premier League champions, an outfit he has heavily bankrolled for the past four years.

According an article appearing in the 'London Evening Post' site, the Nairobi businessman referred to as Elly Mboni Kalekwa or 'Elisee Sofapaka', has in the past been accused by DRC President Joseph Kabila, as one of the persons behind the smuggling of Gold worth Kshs 8 billion.

"Listen, I don't know or understand what you talking about. I do clean business and if need be can come clean. Those are unsubstantiated claims that could damage my reputation and business interests. If you must know, besides Sofapaka, I do transport business as well as betting and gaming."

Kalekwa is believed to have solely bankrolled Sofapaka FC, a club with a limited fan base, towards The 2009 Kenya Premier League title, and in regional plus continental assignments before the arrival of the club sponsor, who according to the bespectacled Congolese national, only account for 65 percent of the club's annual budget worth Kshs 50 million.

However credible sources indicate that the club has recently experienced financial shortfall, with players, the technical bench and the club's 'drum beaters and lady dancers' during Match Days, claiming unpaid allowances and salaries. Kalekwa also refused to publicly confirm that he has put the club on sale.

Sofapaka FC, also known as the 'Batoto ba Mungu' are currently placed sixth on the latest KPL standings, after garnering 41 points from 26 games.

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