The Kenya Footballers Welfare Association has called upon the Ministry of Sports to help settle outstanding allowances owed to Harambee Starlets dating back to 2017, among other requests in a letter signed by the Secretary General Jerry Santo on Monday 2 February.
This comes in the wake of the ministry’s pledge through the Cabinet Secretary of sports Richard Echesa, to settle allowances totaling to 1.7million owed to AFC Leopards players by the club that is currently wallowing in the relegation zone.
“KEFWA has compiled list of over 100 professional footballers whose wages have gone unpaid for a period exceeding three months. The situation is getting out of hand as we write as some of the players face the day wary of how or where to source their income. The allowances of the Harambee Starlets playing unit that gallantly represented the country in the COSAFA Women’s championship in Zambia remain unpaid.
They too are facing hardship and their predicament is further compounded by the fact that women’s football is yet to turn professional in the country. The Kenyan player has been turned into an employee on paper but a beggar in reality,” read the letter in part.
The players body further requested have a meeting with the Cabinet Secretary of Sports to work on entering an agreement with the Football Kenya Federation and the Kenya Premier League, so that it is made part of the Kenyan football regulatory framework.