- Former Kenya international Taiwo Atieno believes that the lack of transparency in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has led to the financial constraints as the private sectors are not ready to sponsor owing to the transparency issues.
The National Super League has even sub-pass Kenya top tier which has been struggling financially since Sportpesa pulled out, with most clubs doing without sponsors over the last 12 months.
The 34-year-old believes that there is a lack of trust between private sectors and clubs. The exit of sponsors Sportpesa at the beginning of the 2019/20 season has not made things easier either.
The former striker pointed out the over-dependency on the government as another issue in the country’s league’s’ woes.
“I have spent every year for the past 10 years exploring Kenya and recently I was there for 24 months. From my observations over the past 10 years, I strongly believe too much emphasis and dependency has been given to the government to support professional football,” Taiwo stated.
The 34-year-old believes there is money to be pumped into the game, but there is a problem between the public and private sectors.
“It is my view the government should not be expected to finance professional football clubs. It should be the private sector in Kenya. Rightly or wrongly the Private sector has largely neglected Kenyan football,” Taiwo said.
“There is no doubt the money is in Nairobi to invest in professional football clubs and build the best facilities. However, there is a lack of trust and confidence between the public and private sectors. And it is going to take a lot of goodwill to bridge the gap,” Observed Taiwo.
Even the likes of AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia have struggled to get sponsors and have at times gone months without paying their players.
It is understood that Gor Mahia is yet to be paid their last season prize money. If not for the COVID-19 to suspend the current season, KPL had stated that they would source the trophy locally and there will be no prize money.