Government will pay Kenya Premier League players $100 each for the next three months to ease their struggles during this Covid19 pandemic.
Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed told the Kenyan press that the initiave will cost Ksh20M which is part of Ksh50M stimulus package set aside from the sports fund to help the sportsmen and women.
Amina added that the program will be extended to other athletes from different sports disciplines.
“We are going to release 10,000 per month for 30 players and 5 technical officers for 12 most vulnerable KPL Clubs. This will be a total of 420 beneficiaries. The stimulus package will be for the next two months with a possibility of extension of a third month should we be able to mobilize more funds from well wishers and our partners,” CS Amina said, as quoted by Sports Capital Sport.
“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 will begin with them and continue rolling out the program for the next 15 days while taking stock,” Amina said on Tuesday.
“We will begin with KPL players because of the distress they are going through and then continue from there. We have a verified list. Previously we had a list with exaggerated numbers before we verified and got the real numbers.”
Federation Kenya Football recently ended the football season and awarded Gor Mahia a league title, a decision which has been protested by KPL and a section of other clubs.