Kisumu All Stars Football Club did not hold their normal Thursday training session ahead of the team’s round 13 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) encounter against Gor Mahia FC set for Sunday 22nd December.
All Stars, who have lost four of their last five league outings, play host to the champions on Sunday but as things look- the financial bug that has feasted on the team’s energies since the season began seems to be draining its last drop from the youthful side.
Speaking to Soka, a source confirms that the players opted to skip Thursday’s training session as a protest to non-payment of their dues. They claim to have not seen a dime since signing new contracts at the beginning of the season.
”We are facing very tough times in this festive season and there was word that we would be given something on Tuesday (17th). That did not happen and we held a meeting after Wednesday’s training session and decided not to train until that issue is resolved,” says the source.
All Stars were reportedly set for a Thursday morning friendly match against Leeds United at the Moi Stadium as part of the preps towards the Gor Mahia match but only four players showed up. The top-flight newbies, whose only wins in the league came against Wazito FC and Kariobangi Sharks FC, sit 16th on the 18-team log and face a Gor side that has been out of action in the past four rounds of the KPL.
Thursday morning’s happenings have seen the management call for a meeting with the playing unit that will take place on Friday at 7 am.
”We wanted answers regarding what is happening and they have called us for a meeting,” continues the source.
”It is not fair when you know something should come your way and yet it does not. When we did not receive anything on Tuesday, we were told that our salaries will be sorted by the gate collections from the Gor Mahia match and we all know that is not going to be enough.”
All Stars are expected to take on Gor Mahia for the first time since earning promotion on Sunday 22nd from 3 pm at the Moi Stadium- all these, heavily bearing on what transpires in their Friday 20th meeting with the management.