Harambee Stars 2019 AFCON victory bonuses over Taifa stars turns to be empty promises

  • The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to now, has not yet settled the winning bonuses promised to Harambee Stars players at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON) in Egypt.
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It’s now nine months after the 2019 AFCON tournament and still, the players have not received the bonuses as revealed by a senior player.

Stars were in Group C alongside Algeria, Senegal, and Tanzania; Algeria smashed Stars 2-0 in their opening game and 3-0 to the Lions of Teranga on their last game, they won the second game beating Taifa Stars 3-2 to claim the third position in group C.

“We were told the money will be paid in within three months after the AFCON. It has not been done and whenever we ask for the money, the FKF President Nick Mwendwa gets angry. Some omissions from the recent squad are not result-oriented but as a result of pushing for our rights. We want the Sh250, 000 which we earned from winning our game against Tanzania,” the player said.

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FKF CEO Barry Otieno to his defenses stated that it is not their wish to delay the payment and it is because the government has not wired the monies into the federation’s account.

“We cannot pay what we do not have; we promised the players, yes, but they must also understand we had not yet received the money,” Otieno said.

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“If we had already received the cash, definitely we could have sorted the players but it is not the case. It usually takes time before settling winning bonuses, not only in football but other disciplines as well.” FKF CEO concluded.

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The government wired sh244 million to the federation’s kitty meant for the Stars’ preparations. It’s also understood that Betin had also given FKF sh20 million on top of sh20 million which came from Caf to help in the preparations of the team.

The Kenya stars team managed to bag sh31.5 million after finishing third in their group C in Egypt.  The federation states that the money was used for administrative costs. The question remains when the bonuses will be paid to the players.

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