Kenyan National Football team players have joined the fight against the impact of the Coronavirus on societies within the nation, by providing relief items to the less privileged.
Kenya is the most affected country by the pandemic, in East Africa, registering up to 158 cases of COVID-19 with the Kenyan government imposing a lockdown and curfew within the country.
The measures taken to try and curb the spread of the virus further in the country has affected the livelihoods and welfare of people especially those living in the informal settlements.
Harambee Stars’ captain Victor Wanyama who recently completed a January move from English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspurs to Major League Soccer club Montreal Impact has championed the Aid grants.
Through his Wanyama Foundation, the midfielder has partnered with the Kenya Red Cross to offer assistance to the dwellers of the Mathare slum, the second biggest slum in Kenya with over 800,000 dwellers.
Wanyama donated foodstuff, handwash and sanitizers to the needy in the sprawling slums to help them keep afloat as well as ensure they observe the highest levels of hygiene.
“It is our role as footballers to play an active role in ensuring our people are okay during these difficult times,” Wanyama told cafonline.com
“We know that the effects of the virus have had an adverse effect on their daily earnings and we need to cushion them until all this is over.”
“We will continue extending our help whenever we are called upon until this is over,” he added.
Simba SC midfielder Francis Kahata supplemented Wanyama’s effort by providing up to 10,000 liters of water to the dwellers of Mathare.
Midfielder Johanah Omollo whose own foundation was awarded with the FIFPro Merit award, for its work in assisting the needy in the Dandora slums, was also another player who reached out to the vulnerable.
Omollo grew up within the slum located in Eastern Nairobi with a population of over 300,000.
Currently playing in the Belgian Pro League with Cercle Brugges, he has never forgotten his where he came from.
“I grew up with most of these people and now that I am at a place where I can help, I had to do it.”
“As a foundation, we are determined to ensure that everyone has access to basic needs even as we continue urging them to stay at home and keep safe,” Omollo stated.
Additionally, Japan based striker Micheal Olunga also extended a hand to the people living around the outskirts of Nairobi in Baba Dogo and Kasabun areas where he grew up from.
Meanwhile, defender Eric Ouma who recently enjoyed his debut in the Swedish top flight with AIK, before the league was suspended due to the virus played his role by donating sanitary towels, sanitizers and other utilities to the girls in Kenya’s biggest slum in Kibera.
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