In Kenya, the issue of players on national team duty going without pay is not a unique occurrence and after the game against Mauritius on Sunday 11 October, the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Sam Nyamweya has told Kenyans not to expect the federation to pay up.
He says in a statement of the FKF website that the responsibility of paying players’ allowances is on the government as per a previous commitment and is calling on the Ministry of Sports to honor their pledge, while praising the players for honoring the game even before their allowances are paid.
He also urged the government to continue supporting the team ahead of the game against Cape Verde up next.
“Government had committed to pay all the allowances for the match against Mauritius and we are now asking the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts to honor their pledge because honestly the team has shown exemplary patriotism to play the match before their allowances are settled and on behalf of the Kenyan people, I salute them.
“The national team is the responsibility of government and we are grateful for the commitment they gave on allowances for this fixture. Our hope is that the government will work with us in preparations for the next match because Cape Verde are not an easy team to play against,” he said.