Harambee Stars defender Anthony Kimani: It was difficult to decamp Mathare United

The former 'slum boys' captain, who was one of the 22 players who ditched the club at the end of last season, admits he had rough times in making decision to join AFC

Former Mathare United defender Anthony Kimani has admitted he had difficulties in making the decision to leave the club and join AFC Leopards.

Kimani said having been at United for a long time, it was not easy for him to accept the offer to join Leopards but insisted that time had come for him to go.

"As much as it was difficult, a time had come for me to make the move. I had got used to Mathare and was looking for a new challenge."

"At Mathare, I was always assured of my position in the team even if I had just recovered from an injury. It didn't matter and this brought a sense of complacency and I knew that it was time to reach for the next form of challenge," he told Goal.com.

Kimani said he is happy to have settled at Leopards so quickly having met some players he turns out with in the national team Harambee Stars.

"It was not really a new experience joining Leopards. Most of the players at the club were known to me because we have been together in the national team. I was helped to settle quickly and continue to have a great time at the club."

Kimani is a former United captain and was one of the 22 players who ditched the club at the end of last season.