In what many AFC Leopards fans would not like to hear or read, skipper Duncan Otieno has announced that the 2017 Kenya Premier League season is likely to be his final year at the den.
The hard tackling defensive midfielder revealed he has five better offers lying on his table and hopes to seal one of them by close of the season. The Kenyan international has been in demand for the past one year with several clubs within the Cecafa region reportedly eying his signature.
His ability to multi-task as a defensive midfielder and as a make shift defender capped by long range strikes has enriched his profile hence making him the most sought-after player.
Otieno said he had received offers from renowned clubs in Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia and Egypt and was working with his agent to complete a move at the end of the season.
He said despite having a two-year contract with Leopards, he was determined to pursue his dream after securing a release letter from den.
He said: “ If you a good player, you will always get offers and my case is no different. I can reveal I have received offers from five clubs and that is why I am revealing that this could be my final season at Leopards despite having two years on my contract. I feel I have come of age and ready to play at any level. Leopards are a big club and they have given me the platform to express myself and to lead my teammates. The decision to leave at the end of the season has not been an easy one for me.”
The skipper, who has won hearts of football fans, seeks to sign out with a silverware at the end of the season. Having aided Leopards to toast the then GOtv Shield Cup last year, Otieno believes they still stand a chance of winning the league.
“We still have more than 15 matches to play and I strongly believe we stand a chance of winning the league. A month ago, we won four consecutive matches and rose to the number two. We are capable of bouncing back and maintaining the tempo till the end of the season. The players are ambitious and so is the new coach and I hope we will end the long wait for a KPL title.”