Kenya Premier League (KPL) players will receive Ksh10,000 each every month for the next two months as part of a Ksh20 million Covid-19 stimulus package from the Sports Fund.
Sports, Culture and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed on Tuesday, 26th May, announced the package in Nairobi to help players cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Thirty players and five technical staff members from the 12 most vulnerable KPL clubs will benefit.
CS Mohamed said the programme was meant to cushion the players from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has hampered sports across the globe.
“We are going to release Ksh10,000 per month for 30 players and five technical officers for the 12 most vulnerable KPL clubs. This will be a total of 420 beneficiaries. The stimulus package will be for the next two months with a possibility of extension for the third month,” Amina told Capital Sport.
The CS said that a similar amount of money would be given to the most vulnerable national team athletes, also for the same period to enable them to continue training for upcoming global events.
“We are doing this in consultation with all the federations. Some athletes should begin receiving their cash on Thursday, but most of them should have it by Friday evening,” she said.
She further appealed to the corporates and other well-wishers to lend a helping hand to the sportsmen and women during this difficult time.
“I’m appealing to all corporates and other well-wishers to come on board and support our sportsmen and women so that they come out of this pandemic stronger. They have been the pride of this country,” the CS said.