- Posta Rangers FC has pleaded to the government to include them in the government stimulus package to cushion players from the pandemic COVID-19 effects that have to assist sports people in the country financially.
In a move to help sportspeople during this hard period, the government introduced the stimulus package one month ago that will see at least a total of 30 players and technical bench members receive Ksh10,000 a month.
The Ministry of Sports, through Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohamed, announced Sh20 million had been released from the Sports Fund to help players amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the package the government excluded Tusker, Bandari, Wazito FC, KCB, Posta Rangers, and Ulinzi Stars since they allegedly have financial backing but, the financially struggling Mailmen have now sent a passionate plea to the Ministry of Sports to help support their players financially.
Despite the financial backing the government factor in, Posta Rangers have now come out crying and begging Amina to help their players, who have suffered because they have not received salaries for the last three months.
“We wish to inform you Posta Rangers players and officials are also struggle financially and they are not stable as it was deemed,” Posta Rangers said in a statement dated June 11, signed by club chairman John Tanui, sent to Amina.
“The players and officials owe rent arrears for at least two to three months.
“In addition to facing imminent eviction, as their June rent is due, they and their families now face an increasingly desperate housing, food, and health crisis. We look forward to your positive consideration and appreciate your continued support for the growth and development of sports in Kenya,” the statement continued.
AFC Leopards were the first to benefit from the stimulus package, pocketing the largest amount (Sh350,000) after submitting 35 names which included players and members of the technical bench.
Kisumu All-Stars also received Sh340,000 for 34 names with Sofapaka and Zoo FC getting Sh300,000 each for 30 individuals as well as Gor Mahia also received financial support.
The package extended to Kenyan Women Premier League (KWPL), Gatundu-based Gaspo FC, who are taking part in the), also received their fair share. The technical bench and players numbering 28, received Sh280,000.