Former Harambee Stars striker Boniface Ambani has banished Kenyan clubs that are currently sacking their players.
Speaking to Ruben fm on Wednesday afternoon, the also Kenya Association of Former Footballers (KAFF official was a disappointed man.
“It is unthinkable and out of order. At this particular time, footballers should be taken into consideration that for most of them, football is their one and only job that feeds them. I have seen some clubs in Kenya sacking their players, but do we ask ourselves after that what next for them?,”asked the KAFF treasurer, adding that the ministry of sports should protect sports men and women with laws that will make sure employers respect their contracts and above all their jobs.
Ambani’s remark comes at a time where money bags Wazito fc decided to sack 12 players last week. In addition to that, club owner Ricardo Badoer also sacked veteran English man Stewart hall as head coach.
“It is disrespectful to call your players hyenas even if they did not do a good job. We also have to take into consideration that Badoer is an Arab foreigner investor in Kenya. Such remarks are racist. We call upon FKF, KPL and the ministry of sports to take action,” quipped an angry KAFF chairman Athanus Oballa on his social media forum.
It also should be noted that Kenya Power Company has withdrawn its sponsorship to their football clubs. This means that KPL side Western Stima and NSL sides Nairobi Stima and Coast Stima have no sponsor.
On Wednesday Nairobi Stima chairman Jonstone Sakwa issued a letter of termination of contracts to his players effective 30th June. This means that if the respective officials won’t find sponsors, then over 75 players from the three teams are officially unemployed, or rather say employed without pay.
It is also rumored that Posta might be contemplating doing away with their club Posta Rangers. Also to note better, not all players playing for Rangers are employed by the parastatal. In case that happens, then they too will be unemployed.
The ministry of sports, FKF and KPL are yet to come out and condemn such incidences or even provide an alternative solution to these players.
Boniface Ambani who is currently the treasurer of KAFF, led by Athanus Oballa, now have the ball in their court as they try to defend what they term as injustice to footballers.
By Shadrack Andenga Odinga