Elly Kalekwa: The situation is tough at Sofapaka

Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa has come out to speak on the cash challenges at the Club and giving reasons why players have gone for two months without being paid their salary.

In a statement posted on the Club website, Kalekwa said it was not true that the players had not been paid any salary this year, but admitted that they had arrears of two months which he was working on settling as the season nears its climax.

“The situation is tough that I can admit. We have not paid our players for two months and that has been caused by the unexpected slashing of our sponsorship deal with Betika who reduced the package from Sh50 million in a year to Sh15m annually due to the new tax requirements for betting companies,” Kalekwa said.

He added: “Corporate companies should come out and support football teams, that is the only way the industry can grow and become vibrant, most of this corporate have that budget, but unfortunately they shy away.”

Kalekwa said the Sh15 million currently being given to the team by the jersey sponsor was not enough to run the team that has a monthly budget of more than Sh 4 million that carters for team transport every week, match allowances, accommodations, training pitch hiring, administrative costs and salaries, hence the reason of delayed salaries.

The statement further states that league organisers Kenyan Premier League give all the 18 top flight teams monthly grants of Sh 280, 000 per month which is a drop in the ocean looking at the monthly expenses of the teams.

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