On 7th June 2016, AFC Leopards announced a triple signing to bolster its squad that was underwhelming in the opening leg. Among the signings, was one time Gor Mahia defender and former Sony Sugar Charles Bruno.
Bruno had just had his contract at Sony terminated. His arrival at the Den elicited mixed reactions. It was reported then that former AFC Leopards assistant coach Nicholas Muyoti had influenced the signing. Immediately, Bruno agreed to terms and his salary was set at Ksh.80,000, making him one of the highest earners at the club then.
When the second leg resumed, Bruno would immediately walk into the team's starting 11 earning a place in the AFC Leopards squad that faced off with Mumbi Nationale in a GOTV round one tie at the Nyayo Stadium. That would be his first and only full match in AFC Leopards colours. He fell out of favour with the technical bench and he soon became surplus.
By December the same year, a new coach had arrived -Stewart Hall. After assessing his team, Hall recommended to the club’s management that some players were not good enough and deserved to be released. Immediately, the club commenced negotiations with the 13 or so players. Bruno was among these group. He was informed that he was not in the coach’s plans, and that he did not have a place in the club’s future plans. Bruno immediately consulted his lawyer, who was on stand by just incase the club terminated his contract illegally.
The club asked Bruno to go out on loan. He declined. The former U-17 Kenyan captain would later return to the club and inform them that he had no intention of leaving, regardless of his place in the team. He went AWOL.
Having been previously used by players, the club opted to keep the player. In January, Kenyanstar has learnt that the club offered to compensate the player about half a million. The player agreed, but the club supremo would later change their mind, and Bruno stayed.
Soon, the player would start missing the team’s sessions. The club served him a warning letter. Coach Stewart Hall had earlier declined to train with Charles Bruno, as the player was reportedly not fit. After being denied a chance in the senior team, Kenyanstar has laearnt that through KEFWA, Bruno petitioned the club to reinstate him in the senior team. The club stuck to its guns.
After a push and pull, Bruno was sent to train with the AFC Leopards junior side. He obliged, but would later decline to play for the team. After several negotiations, the player got back his place in the senior team, and was allowed to train. Nothing changed. The coach had seemingly made up his mind on not fielding the player. Bruno seemed unconcerned, as he would even miss training in some instances. All this while, the player was earning his salary.
For his troubles, the club raised the red flag and warned him. The player continued with his truant habits. When push came to shove, and with the mid season transfer window approaching, the centre could not hold anymore. Bruno hit a dead end. He would eventually pen a letter to the club, requesting for his release letter. That was duly granted, and a two-month salary paid, to mark the end of a frosty relationship that had all the makings of two disgruntled lovers, who fate had forced into a union.