19 December 2012

Kenya: Chairman Assures Team of Pay

Mathare United FC chairman Bob Munro has moved to calm his restive players by assuring them he is doing all in his powers to get new sponsors on board to share the financial burden of the club that has seen the 2008 Kenya Premier League champions fall back in paying players their due salaries.

On Tuesday goalkeeper Martin Musalia exposed the dire financial straits at the club and the desire by some key players to leave the club with. It was understood Andrew Tololwa is on the verge of joining Tusker while Musalia was eyeing a move to AFC Leopards.

Munro has admitted this season has been a difficult one for many teams, Mathare included, as no KPL club had got new sponsors on board. "It's been a difficult year for all the teams in the KPL. Personally I have been working round the clock to get sponsors for the club since September (when the club performances started improving) but up to date I have not succeeded," Munro explained.

"Its true we have only managed to pay two thirds of the players salaries this year but we are hopeful we will clear the balance in due time" added the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) founder.

Reacting to allegations they have been holding on to players against their will, Munro said, the sanctity of a contract must be upheld but he would not stand in the way of a player who wants to leave.

"Tusker and AFC have made approaches for our players in the right way which we have considered. We will never stand in the way of a player whose head has been turned.

"When we give our contracts we do so with the stability of the club top most in our agenda," he said.

Munro has requested fellow KPlL sides to follow the due process when they want to sign players who have contract agreements with other clubs. Failure to do so, he said, would be in breach of Fifa and KPL rules as well as the trust the clubs have built with each other.

Elsewhere Thika United are keen on signing Kenya Under 20 international David Kingatua from Nairobi City Stars. Kingatua was impressed by the Kawangware side last season and has attracted the interest of top KPL clubs with Thika already the frontrunner for his signature.

Kingatua says he is ready to leave the club and it is only a matter of time before the two clubs register a transfer fee and work out the modalities of the transfer. "I'm ready to leave. I think Thika will offer a bigger profile and have a vibrant youth policy. They will be one of the top contenders for the league next year," Kingatua said.

City Stars coach Bye Waada said the club will do everything to keep the player and said they have received mixed signals from the player. "He has been attending our training sessions and has not communicated to me his desire to leave the club and being one of the key performers of the club we will do everything in our power to keep him at the club," added Waada

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