- After several appeals to help players survive the effects of this pandemic coronavirus, the government is now considering cushioning local footballers who are struggling to make ends meet as football stands still.
Since there has been a continuous call for the government to help footballers survive, FKF has held several talks with the government to discuss the player’s welfare and football progress in general.
“The Ministry of Sports has urgently requested us to furnish them with the names of 25 players and five officials of the clubs participating in the National Leagues, i.e the Kenyan Premier League, Women Premier League, National Super League, and FKF Division one league for both men and women,” the FKF statement said.
This comes after Harambee Stars strikers Michael Olunga and Allan Wanga appealed to the government to bail out athletes in the same way it did to artistes.
“I have played in the Kenyan Premier League for Gor Mahia in 2015 and it was a very tough experience,” explained Olunga.
He added, “There was a time we went for two months without salary. I am trying to imagine the situation at the moment where the footballers cannot go to the field and cannot get bonuses from playing games. It is also very difficult for them if you consider the players do not get a good salary. Then it means it is very hard for them to survive during this period. My plea to the government is to try and consider the athletes because they do a physical job and at the end of the day also have to try and put food on the table.”
Olunga’s thoughts were echoed by Wanga, who is among the top marksmen in the local football league and is currently attached to Kakamega Homeboyz. He also points out the difficulty a player goes through at this moment.
“In Kenya, players earn very little between Sh30,000 and Sh60,000 yet some are in Kakamega but their families are in Nairobi. It isn’t easy. The government should look for ways of addressing the player’s welfare if the situation doesn’t improve in the next few weeks.” Wanga said
The initiative will boost the welfare of local players as they abide by the sports directives and government measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.