- A week after securing a win on the 88th Mashemeji derby, the drama has started for the league leader, Gor Mahia over unpaid players’ salaries. Gor Mahia players on Thursday absconded training in protest over salary arrears spanning several months.
Club assistant secretary General Ronald Ngala confirmed that the players are owed salaries and revealed the management is working round the clock to ensure they are paid. Although Ngala has confirmed the effort toward resolving this conflict the players’ dashes such effort as an empty promise.
A player who sought anonymity said, “They have had enough of empty promises from the management.” They have set to employ a new way to persuade the club to meet their demand.
“We are aware that they have been demanding their dues but we are trying to look for a way out. I cannot comment in terms of months because we have just been giving them some (small) amounts for survival. We don’t have a sponsor so we can’t do calculations in terms of months,” said Ngala.
Kenya Premier League has suffered financial meltdown this season without sponsors; as a result, it has affected the Kenyan football at large. We are yet to see any support and Kenyans are wondering where the Kenyan football is head to. KPL leaders are struggling financially with the question; will the FKF intervene and save the sinking football clubs in Kenya?
“Our houses have been locked and have found it rough to go for training with empty stomachs. We understand the club doesn’t have a sponsor but we also have families to feed. It is really tough,” said the player.
Ngala also confirmed that coach Steven Polack has not been paid but insisted that the issue is being worked on and called for patience.