Victor Wanyama has opened up on the Ksh50 million bonus promised by Deputy President William Ruto as reward to the players for qualifying for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Harambee Stars captain, while speaking to MadGoat Television said Football Kenya Federation (FKF) officials wanted to share the cash.
The Montreal Impact player explained how he had to personally plead with FKF president Nick Mwendwa to treat his teammates Brian Mandela and Philemon Otieno, both of whom got injured while on national team duty.
Wanyama also said Sports CS Amina Mohamed promised to pay each player Sh250,000 bonus after the team beat Tanzania at the continental showpiece played in Egypt last June. This has not happened. The Sports Ministry and the federation have disagreed on who should pick up that bill.
Wanyama also suggested that the players were intending to stage a go-slow during 2021 Afcon qualification match against Comoros in March over unpaid allowances.
“I have never understood why there always has to be a problem when we (Kenyans) are sharing money. So we had a meeting. FKF (officials) wanted to take a whole Sh15 million and leave us (players and coaches) to share Sh35 million. The coach (Sebastian Migne) refused. I also refused,” explained Wanyama.
“We worked hard to qualify and each player who played a part in the success, even those on the bench, or others that only played one game, had to be rewarded.
“There are some players that wanted everything. I asked for Sh45 million. FKF said the money was to be used for administrative purposes. After long discussions, I involved my teammates and agreed to receive Sh38 million. FKF received the rest.”
From this amount, Stars players received between Sh250,000 and Sh1 million each, depending on one’s contribution in helping the team qualify for Afcon.