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AFC Leopards Confirm Striker’s Exit

AFC Leopards have confirmed the exit of one of their strikers, who is set to join another Kenyan Premier League team Wazito FC.

AFC Leopards have confirmed the exit of one of their strikers, who is set to join another Kenyan Premier League team Wazito FC.

Vincent Oburu’s departure was announced by the club on Monday morning, with the prolific forward set to join the Ricardo Badoer’s owned outfit on a permanent deal.

The 23-year-old striker, who rose from the club’s junior ranks, has ended his stay with the Leopards after just three years.

The Kenyan international scored 20 goals for the KPL giants at the senior level, having joined the club from little-known Shofco FC.

“AFC Leopards can confirm that Vincent Oburu will depart the club after three years of service. The forward’s time with the club ends after he opted not to sign the new contract which was offered to him in February,” said a statement from the club.

“Everyone at AFC Leopards Sports Club would like to thank Oburu for his service and wish him all the best in his future career,” it added.

Following Leopards confirmation that he has left, Oburu penned an emotional letter reflecting his three-season career at the den.

“Four years ago, armed with nothing but hope, I joined the AFC Leopards youth team as I dreamt of working my way up to the Kenyan Premier League,” Oburu said on his official Facebook account.

“Things turned out well for me as after an impressive campaign in the KPL U20 tournament I got the chance to join Ingwe’s first team.

“In my first year in KPL, I got the chance to play for the national team, Harambee Stars, we won the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, which was another milestone in my career.

“It has been some good three and a half years at the den but it’s time to say goodbye.

“As I exit I want to thank the club for the opportunity they gave me. I joined as a young boy and I now leave as a full-grown man. I owe nothing but gratitude to this great club.

“To the coaches, the staff, the management, and the fans from the bottom of my heart I want to say thank you. The fans, in particular, were good to me and I will be forever indebted to you.

“Special mention to coach Boniface Ambani who spotted my talent and gave me a chance with the youth team. He has been like a big brother to me over the years.

“As I depart, I wish the team success and I hope soon they will win titles for the amazing team supporters.”

Oburu revealed that he had engaged with the club over extending his contract at the club but both parties could not reach into an agreement.

“We just didn’t agree on the terms for a contract extension. I am not yet decided on where I will go,” said Oburu in an interview with Nation Sport.

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