FKF gets Sh7.2mn for Ethiopia game, Migne cries over pay
Crisis as Harambee Stars prepares to face Ethiopia
After a tussle that has lasted well into two weeks, Football Kenya Federation finally got Sh7.2mn from the Ministry of Sports, a paltry amount from their budget of Sh25mn presented for next week’s double header 2019 AFCON qualifier against Ethiopia.
The federation said the amount will only cater for tickets to Ethiopia and accommodation, but will not be enough to pay allowances and accommodation for the team once they are back for the return leg next Sunday.
“Just this morning we have received confirmation that the ministry has given some cash, but it will not be enough. They have promised however and I have spoken to the minster and the PS that once we jet back from Ethiopia, that money should be there,” FKF boss Nick Mwendwa said.
He added that they only got Sh4mn of the Sh19mn budgeted for the Ghana game and hence have a deficit of Sh15mn from that game.
“We bought tickets with a 50pc debt from our agent, we also paid 50pc for the team’s accommodation at Utalii and we had anticpated to get this cash and clear the debts before the next game. We also haven’t paid for Kasarani,” Mwendwa explained.
This is even as head coach Sebastien Migne has given the federation until October 15 to clear his unpaid salaries for three months or else he willtake unspecified action. The ministry has only paid the coach two of the five months he has been around.
“He (Migne) has this week given us a notice to make sure we pay him by 15th of this month. Immediately after our assignment (against Ethiopia) we need to make sure he is paid. I have discussed the same with the ministry yesterday, and they say as they get funding for Ethiopia next week they will ensure the coach is paid,” Mwendwa said.
He is however optimistic that the ministry will disburse the remaining bit of their Sh25mn budget next week for them to offset the balances.