The ministry of sports announced a programme to cushion KPL players from the effects of COVID-19 that has paralysed sports and other industries.
“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. 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 continue training for upcoming global events. The verification is to ensure their telephone numbers and IDs are complete as well as to ensure that we are targeting the most vulnerable. Those that do not have other known sources of income. We are doing this in consultation with all the Federations. Some athletes should begin receiving their cash on Thursday but most should have by Friday evening,” she said.
“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. “We are trying to do this for two or three months and that is why we need support.”
Jaro Soja has turned to selling face masks to support the club financially. The club has endured tough financial times since the exit of betting giant SportPesa who were the team’s official sponsor. He also decided to donate 10% from the sale of his face masks to the Gor Mahia Augmentin Fund, a fans-driven initiative that aims at helping the club offset its bills especially player salaries and allowances.
KPL players had each received Sh5,000 from gaming firm Betika.