- Vihiga united season with NLS has been nothing but a resounding success as a promotion to the Kenya top tier look possible. Despite posting such good results, players have gone for over five months without pay.
Report from a player who seeks anonymously for fear of victimization revealed they haven’t paid a single cent since November last year.
“We keep getting endless promises since November but none has ever been fulfilled. It is a struggle for the players and their families and the county government doesn’t seem to care,” the player said.
“We have had several meetings with the concerned parties from the county but they keep lying. We are tired, hungry, disappointed, and stressed. We just need to be paid what we are owed so that we can clear bills,” he added.
Although Clubs Chairman Indium Kahi is hopefully to convene another meeting to get a solution, he confirmed the situation was dire.
He said, “I can confirm the players have not been paid since November to date. We have had many meetings even with the governor Wilberforce Otichilo but nothing has moved – the situation remains the same and I can feel the players’ pain. ”
It is understood that efforts to reach out to the Vihiga County Chief Sports Officer Dominic Luvavo are unfruitful. Therefore, several players are considering staging a sit-in at the Governor’s office on Wednesday to get the issue sorted.
Vihiga united have seemed to struggle after former Governor Moses Akaranga was trounced by Otichilo during the 2017 General Elections. Akaranga revamped Vihiga Bullets – a team that is in the NSL too, currently ninth with 36 points having played 26 matches.
The player’s good work is evidently in Vihiga’s position in the NLS table. They are sitting third on the NSL standings with 52 points having played 25 matches but the financial struggle, if left unattended looks like it will mess with their good progress.