The Star (Nairobi)

25 January 2013

Kenya: Kefoca Demand Improved Salary, Job Security for Coaches

Football Kenya Federation and the Kenya Premier League have been urged to increase the coaches salary cap to Sh100,000 and grant them contracts contract with a minimum duration of one year.

Kenya Football Coaches Association (KEFOCA) through their secretary general Bob Oyugi, registered their displeasure at the unequal treatment of local coaches compared to their foreign counterparts. "How do you pay a local coach Sh30,000 and then give a foreign coach Sh500,000 yet the two work is the same in the league," wondered Oyugi.

The association demanded that their coaches be given a good working environment to enable them deliver their targets . They also want all clubs to have an assistant coach, a goal keeping coach, physical trainer, physiotherapist, team manager as well as technical director.

"Our members are hard working. There is need for all coaches salaries to be highly increased. Our local coaches are involved with the development of players from the grassroots and therefore deserve their rights."

KEFOCA Also took issue with the manner in which coaches were sacked at will by clubs, exposing them to psychological and financial trauma.

"Our coaches have previously been exposed to mob justice by the clubs. We want to see a difference this season," sated the letter directed to all the Kenya Premier League clubs.

Of the 16 coaches who were in charge of the KPL teams at the start of last season only, Alfred Imonje (Muhoroni Youth), Michel Nam (Karuturi Sports) and John Kamau (Thika United) are currently still in command at their clubs.

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