It comes at a time the country is witnessing unprecedented massive layoffs brought about by the negative implications of the coronavirus disease.”
Kenya Power Company (KPLC) Tuesday announced it will terminate all sponsorship deals with local football clubs at the end of June 2020.
Western Stima Chairman Laban Jobita said that the company’s management stated their official position on Tuesday through a letter in which they squarely placed blame on dwindling revenues prompted by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
“KPLC say they cannot sustain salaries for players and officials because business has fallen drastically. In a nutshell, we shall not have a sponsor by the end of this month,” said Jobita.
Major Setback For Teams
The revelation is a major setback for Kenyan Premier League side Western Stima as well as National Super League sides Coast Stima and Nairobi Stima. KPLC has been sponsoring Western Stima since 2015.
It comes at a time the country is witnessing unprecedented massive layoffs brought about by the negative implications of the coronavirus disease.
There is a bit of good news though for the Stima teams as the company has assured them they will still receive their salaries up to the end of June without delay.
“We don’t have any pending salaries. Our players will receive this month’s pay as usual,” he added.
The painful decision follows a previous one in April whereby Western Stima players unwillingly took a 50% pay cut a couple of months after the virus landed in the the country.
Jobita Says He’s Worried
Jobita is worried about the gloomy future if the sides fail to secure sponsorship deals soonest.
“Our players used to get their pay right on time , but things may prove to be very different in future if we don’t attract a new sponsor,” he added.
Stima managed a seventh place finish on the KPL log last season with 36 points by the time Football Kenya Federation (FKF) cancelled all competitions.
Nairobi Stima chairman Johnstone Sakwa, however, says he is yet to receive any official communication from KPLC.
We Are Not Aware, Says Sakwa
Nairobi Stima chairman Johnston Akwabi Sakwa, however, said they were yet to receive any official communication from KPLC, adding that it was still too early to speculate.
“I’d rather we waited until next Tuesday when we shall have met with our sponsors to get to know the actual position.”
Sakwa instead thanked KPLC for the important role it had played in the lives of the players to-date.
Coast Stima head coach Paul Ogai was equally at sea.
“Right now I’m in Kisumu and sincerely, I haven’t received any information from my bosses to know what’s going on,” he said.