The Star (Nairobi)

28 December 2012

Kenya: Coastal Nationwide Clubs in Dire Straits

NATIONWIDE One' clubs at the Coast are seeking sponsorship for next season. The four clubs - Admiral FC, Magongo Rangers, Sparki Youth and Coast United- have sounded an early warning they might be unable to fulfill their obligations because of lack of funds.

Speaking in Mombasa yesterday, Admiral FC team manager Aref Baghazal said there was need for Coast tycoons, politicians and corporate companies to chip in to help the clubs meet expectations.

"We have been struggling to fund our activities and have reached breaking point. We are almost giving up because we can neither sponsor transport to match venues upcountry nor offset players dues," said Baghazal.

The four remain in the Nationwide One following the promotion of the KPA sponsored Bandari to the Kenya Premier League after an impressive run.

Baghazal said said efforts to seek sponsors from the region have hit a dead end. "Whenever we have a match it comes with costs whether it at home or away. Away matches call for travel expenditure while home matches call for hiring of venues following the endless rehabilitation of the Municipal Council of Mombasa stadium," said Baghazal.

The former Congo United team manager said the Mombasa teams have been left with only Mbaraki Sports Club ground as the only option where a side has to pay Sh 20,000 before hosting visitors apart from the Sh 5,000 expected for officiating purposes.

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