After featuring in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) for over two decades, and even winning the title, all indications point at a bleak future for Sony Sugar this early in the season. While hopes are waning, not everyone has given up on the Awendo based side staying afloat.
On KPL Match Day 6, the 2006 league champions gave away their second walkover of the season after failing to turn up for the game against Tusker and the race is now on to ensure there is a team in place to play the next game, against Kisumu All Stars.
The club is struggling financially and, head coach James Nandwa confirmed to Soka the situation saw players stay off training for the entire week in the run up to the Tusker clash.
That came right after dishing away a walkover to AFC Leopards in what should have been a home game. While he hopes he can get enough players for the next game, Nandwa admitted there may be no cash immediately to motivate the team but said the management is making effort to address the situation.
“It is tough here and we can only hope now; the officials are trying to engage potential investors for a sponsorship but when you have players who have not been paid for a while the best you can do is hope and pray,” he noted.
He says he has been in touch with his players, some who reported to training on Monday 21 October and hopes they won’t be forced to give away a third straight walkover.
“Some players started training yesterday. We hope to have more today and as the week progresses. I also hope from the management side something good will come up.
“Last week we didn’t train and I hope it will be different this week. The situation will get worse if we give away a third walkover so I am hopeful we will have the needed quorum,” he added.
By Football Kenya Federation (FKF) rules, a team that gives away three walkovers in one season gets relegated to the lower league and has to wait to that time when the lower league commences to join in.
The Millers, who have one win in the four matches they played before giving away two walkovers, will be hoping to keep their top flight status. That is entirely dependent on the registered players.