Sports CS Amina Mohammed has on Tuesday 26 May confirmed that every single Kenyan Premier League (KPL) player will receive Kshs 10, 000 for the next three months as part of a Kshs 20 million stimulus package from the Sports Fund geared at trying to help alleviate on the financial strain that has been brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Players as well as officials from all 18 KPL teams have been hit by hard times ever since local football was suspended in mid-March with 10 rounds of play remaining.
The package will see players plus five members of the technical benches from 12 of the league’s most vulnerable clubs benefit.
“We are going to release Sh10,000 per month for 30 players and five technical officers for the 12 most vulnerable KPL Clubs. This will be a total of 420 beneficiaries,” Amina said.
“The stimulus package will be for the next two months with the possibility of an extension of a third month should we be able to mobilize more funds from well-wishers and our partners.”
The CS also confirmed that plans to offer support to the lower league divisions are underway as well as other sporting disciplines.
“We have agreed that we are starting with KPL because we know the difficulty they are going through. After verification, we have come up with a final list of those footballers suffering the most.
“We are also releasing the same amount of money to our most vulnerable national team athletes in all our active sports federations for the same period of time. This is to enable them to continue training for upcoming global events,” she said.
Football in the country has been rocked by financial struggles for the last couple of years to an extent where several clubs have been forced into dissolution.
Last month, betting company Betika donated Kshs 5m to be shared by players from the KPL and NSL with each and everyone of them getting Kshs 5, 000.