Kenya women national team Harambee Starlets players have gone for months without pay.
Many times, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) through its president Nick Mwendwa has always pointed blame fingers at the government.
It is a narrative which has tainted the name of the ministry of Sports with Cabinet Secretary being at the centre.
But, in a new twist, it has turned out that all has been the federation’s false. She says the federation has not followed the required procedure to get the girls’ money.
“The Starlets have not submitted any requests for funding. And that request must come from the federation. So Football Kenya Federation must submit a request,” she said.
She was responding to a question on Sports Fund where she also insisted the kitty cannot fund sports clubs.
“Regulations insist that we’re only going to fund national teams. Because all of you know that we have many clubs in this country and even if we were given 100 per cent of the money (Sports Fund money), we wouldn’t be able to fund all clubs in the country. No country in the world funds clubs. So we only fund national teams,” she said.
With this statement, it will be fascinating to see how struggling clubs, especially football clubs, will get up on their feet for proper premier league competition.
The National Sports Fund is a State Corporation established by Sports Act No. 25 of 2013 part III section 12 under the Ministry of Sports, Culture and The Arts. The Fund is mandated to raise funds through sports lottery, investments and any other means and disburse the funds for the development of sports and recreation.