Gor Mahia players are now appealing to well-wishers and fans to bail them out of their financial difficulties after they received a paltry Sh3,000 each as salary for the month of March.
One of the players lamented that he had now turned to his parents for financial aid after his situation got worse.
Sources told Tony Mballa that the money was paid on March 27 through Mpesa after the players had prevailed upon the management to come to their rescue given that they had reached a point they couldn’t even cater to their families’ basic needs.
The players received a shock of their lives when they checked out the Mpesa message only to realize the amount that had been disbursed was far much less than they had expected.
“On Friday I was excited to receive an Mpesa message only to be shocked that it was a meager Sh3,000. What is worse is that I had a Fuliza loan and the whole amount was taken away by Safaricom to offset the debt,” said one of the players.
That was after the players had held numerous meetings with team manager Jolawi Obondo and asked him to approach the Chairman, Ambrose Rachier, in order to bring his attention to their plight.
The players have since written to the fans financial initiative outfit, Augmentin, to intervene and ameliorate their suffering. The outfit was established to caution players who rely entirely on football to make ends meet by paying match winning bonuses.
“Because we are certain Augmentin is holding some funds, we appeal to them to caution us especially against the prevailing economic difficulties brought about by Covid-19,” said a senior player.
Gor Mahia Secretary General Ronald Ngala has promised to address the issue.
“I don’t think the money was a salary as such, but was meant to help them buy vegetables and maize flour. There is no money, but we are trying our best to find something for their upkeep,” he said.
Augmentin official, Sam Muga, says they will hold a National Executive members meeting to deliberate on the matter.
We will be meeting on April 1 to decide if we can release the amount in our account to players. We are aware of the hard times the players are facing,” said Muga, adding that they currently had less than Sh200,000 which they could release if the members agree.