Sofapaka owing players salaries, chairman admits

Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa has admitted reports that the club owes players salary arrears are true, but only to the extent that they have gone two months without pay and not four as earlier claimed in the media.

A report in a section of the media in the past week indicated that at least 12 teams in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL), Sofapaka inclusive, had not fully settled players’ salaries, heading to the 24th round of matches.

Cut of sponsorship

Kalekwa says the reason for this is an earlier cut of the sponsorship funding by betting firm, Betika, from Kshs 50m entered in 2017, to Kshs 15m, with the explanation being, the introduction of new tax regimes targeting the gaming industry.

“The situation is tough, that I can admit.

“We have not paid our players for two months and that has been caused by the unexpected slashing of our sponsorship deal with Betika who reduced the package from Sh50 million in a year to Sh15m annually due to the new tax requirements for betting companies,” Kalekwa says on the club website.

With apparently a budget of Kshs 4m a month, Kalekwa notes that not even the monthly grant that they receive can help bridge the gap and has called on corporates to step in and help.