Mathare United has faulted the Ministry of Sports’ financial aid to sportsmen during this coronavirus pandemic.
The Kenya Premier League side said all sporting events have been canceled and the government started by distributing food packages and money to vulnerable athletes.
Mathare United has now written to the Ministry of Sports over the same.
In a letter addressed to sports commissioner Jaxon Indakwa, signed by club’s Bob Munro and CEO Jecton Obure read: “With only a few exceptions, our players and officials were raised in poor families and are solely dependent of their salaries to maintain their own family. In most cases, they also use their salaries to support members of their extended family such as parents and siblings.”
“As you know, in 2019 our teams were forced to play a full season plus an additional half on our already tight one season annual budgets. As a result, our team as well as the majority of other KPL teams have struggled financially since mid-2019.”
“As explained is many previous communications between our club and the Ministry, the majority of KPL players and officials now owe rent arrears for at least 2-3 months. In addition to facing imminent eviction as their June rent is due this week, they and their families now face an increasingly desperate housing, hunger and health crisis.”
Source: Daily Nation