The financial crunch ravaging the Kenyan game is seemingly holding local leagues at ransom, with the National Super League (NSL) hinting at feeling the most painful pinch following the situation.
The second tier league is on a two-week break but indicators point to a gloom financial future even as the clubs use the time to reinvent themselves on and off the pitch.
Among the National Super League clubs that have been hit by the dry financial taps in the Kenyan game is Fortune Sacco which is second on the log with 34 points as APS Bomet leading standings with 37 points, 19 rounds into the 2021/22 season.
Fortune Sacco head coach Julius Kariuki has issued a rallying call to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Caretaker Committee to expedite the disbursement of funds to the clubs to aid their operations.
“Every club has that issue of cash because like last weekend, Dandora Love received a letter demanding they honour their match at Vihiga United. Silbwet also wrote to us requesting to have out match rescheduled,” he said.
According to Kariuki, a number of clubs are on the verge of collapsing due to the sorry state of affairs, with some opting to postpone matches owing to lack of funds to facilitate their travel expenses and other logistics.
“It’s a huge problem with most teams having to fundraise for away matches yet we have money from the caretaker committee that we haven’t received,” Kariuki said.
The tactician opines that the recurrent postponement of matches has left the players demotivated.
Despite the determination by some clubs to battle through, the situation is so dire that some travel on the same day that the match is scheduled so as to cut on expenses and the result is having fatigued players on the pitch.