It is true that Kenyan football is facing myriad of challenges but there are even bigger problems at the Talanta FC, the National Super League side.
For four months now, the 30 registered Talanta FC players have not received their salaries. And there are no clear signs that the affected players, some of whose contracts are set to expire at the end of the month, will lay their hands on the money, anytime soon.
According to players, the management of the Communication Authority of Kenya-sponsored side have been playing cat-and-mouse games with them for a long time, some now accusing officials of “using a lot of PR in the media on how they are taking care of us,” but things are totally different on the ground.
“We were last paid our salaries in February. Since then we have not gotten anything apart from the KSh10, 000 that we were given mid last month as an advance,” said one of the affected players who talked to SPORTS AFRICA.
The players now suspect that they might not receive their money in time even as a majority continue to struggle to put food on the table under these challenging times.
“The challenge is that the sponsors (Communication Authority) have released the funds for the period in question but the management cannot account how they have used the funds,” claimed another source.
With each player taking home an average of Ksh30, 000 a month, it means that players are owed close to Ksh3.6 million in wages, by the management, for the last four months.
this is not the first time that salaries have delayed at Talanta FC. In 2019 season, Talanta FC players went for six months without pay.
The team’s accountant has reportedly told players that they don’t have money to settle the salaries, but what is bothering some players is the fact that the officials were reluctant to let go some players who had expressed interest of leaving the financially crippled side.
“This is a common trend. They usually keep quiet, like right now, the management doesn’t pick our calls or reply to our massages but they have the courage to lie in the media that they are giving us stimulus package to caution us during this Covid-19 times.”
According to multiple sources whom we spoke to, players have been cautioned against going public about their predicament, inflicted on them by the poor management. “When you ask for your money, immediately you become “undisciplined”. They don’t want us to talk to the media either, because some of them are government employees and they wouldn’t want anything that could taint their image.
“There are rumours that the management is buying time so that most of the senior players can run out of contract because they always ask for their payments.
The consequences of the poor management, SPORTS AFRICA has reliably learnt because of the irregular payment, some players were forced to take academic break while others closed down their businesses with some forced to either put up with friends and relatives after they failed to pay their rents.
Team Manager David Ochwea did not respond to our messages by the time of going to press.- Advertisement -