With all sport activities in the region currently at a halt due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Kenyan government has quickly come out to aid top flight players in the country.
For the next three months, each player in the 12 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clubs will receive a token of KSh 10,000 (Shs. 350,000) as part of a KSh20 million COVID-19 stimulus package from the Sports Fund.
The development was confirmed by the sports cabinet Secretary Mohammed Aminah who told the Kenyan press that the initiave will go a long way at helping out one of the country’s most hit sectors.
“We are going to release Ksh10,000 per month for 30 players and five technical officers for the 12 most vulnerable KPL Clubs. This will target a total of 420 beneficiaries. The stimulus package will be for the next two months with a possibility of extension of a third month should we be able to mobilize more funds from well wishers and our partners,” revealed the Cabinet Sports minister on Tuesday.
This culminates to each club receiving a total sum of Ksh 350000 per month hence government will be releasing Ksh 4.2M per month for all the 12 teams.
“We will begin with KPL players because of the distress they are going through and then continue from there. We have a verified list. Previously we had a list with exaggerated numbers before we verified and got the real numbers,” Aminah added.
This comes after the Kenyan Football Federation ended the 2019/2020 football season prematurely, awarding Gor Mahia the league title.
Striker Juma Balinnya and left-back Shafik Batambuze are some of the Ugandans featuring for Gor Mahia in the KPL.