AFC Leopards celebrates 53rd anniversary

Stafford Ondego/Goal Kenya.
AFC Leopards was born on this day 53 years ago

AFC Leopards are today (March 12), celebrating their 53rd anniversary having been formed on the same day in 1964.

The club was formed as Abaluhya Football Club when a number of small clubs amalgamated, before the name changed to All Footballers' Confederation Leopards Sports Club, officially abbreviated as AFC Leopards and commonly known as simply AFC, Leopards or Ingwe (Luhya name for Leopards).

AFC Leopards anniversary

It is Kenya’s second most successful club having won league title 12 times, three shy of Gor Mahia, a club which was formed in February 1968.

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Most people have misreported that Ingwe have won 13 league titles, forgetting that the 1971 season, where the club has been given credit as having emerged champions, was scrapped off with Leopards, Gor Mahia and Brewers (now Tusker) having played only about three matches apiece.

Notably, AFC Leopards have won the Kenya Cup (now GOtv Shield) 9 times, Cecafa Club Championship 5 times and exited Caf Champons League competition (known as African Cup of Champions Clubs by then) at semi-finals in 1968.

Today (Sunday), the club is coached by Englishman Stewart Hall and were to play against Ulinzi Stars yesterday (Saturday) in KPL opener if the match could have not been postponed. Their aim is to claim league title, a trophy they last lifted 19 years ago.