Kenyan Premier League players are due to receive $100 (Sh10,000) each for the next three months.
Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed announced a stimulus package of Sh20 million COVID-19 stimulus package from the Sports Fund.
Clubs were required to submit to the Cabinet Secretary a verified list of players who will be entitled to receive the amount to help cushion them from the financial effets of the coronavirus.
“We have agreed that we are starting with KPL because we know the difficulty they are going through,” Amina Said
“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.
“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.”
A lot of uncertainty has gripped the sporting community due to the ravaging global pandemic.
The Kenyan Premier League was not able to complete and was cancelled with Gor Mahia crowned Champions. Due to the fact the the league has no sponsor, there were concerns about the clubs’ ability to stay afloat and meet the players wages during the crisis.
As a result, the Sports Fund has so earmarked Sh50 million to the Sports stimulus package which is in addition to an earlier Sh30 million budgeted for the Ministry.
The Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina has revealed that from next week, they will begin distributing food packages to more sportsmen in distress.
“I am appealing to all corporates to come out and support our sportsmen and women. They bring pride to our country and we will be happy if more companies and well wishers come out to contribute to support our athletes so that they come out of this pandemic stronger doing what they do best.
She added, “We are trying to do this for two or three months and that is why we need support.”