By Giovanni Wanneh
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Victor Wanyama and teammates are yet to clutch their winning bonuses of AFCON 2019, after that spittle gulping knive-edged 3-2 victory against Tanzania.
Spurs man and Kenyan skipper Victor Wanyama, 29, marshalled the Harambee Stars to their 6th appearance in the AFCON finals last summer in Egypt, but 9 months after, the Ministry of sports and the Football Kenya Federation, FKF are still beefing about who pays the bonuses of the lads.
Kenya despite being in a difficult group consisting of eventual finalists Senegal and Algeria, managed to poke their noses ahead of fellow underdogs Tanzania to end 3rd in a hotly contested group C.
“We are still waiting for the ministry to give us that money. However, we acknowledge the unique situation brought about by coronavirus pandemic, and it would be unfair to go to the ministry to follow up on this issue when we are faced with this coronavirus threat,” Otieno told www.nation.co.ke on Friday. This was after having reiterated the fact that Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed promised 10 million Kenyan shillings if Kenya beat Tanzania, before that intriguing encounter.
Reports from Kenya suggest that Amina Mohammed has refuted and distanced herself from being a culprit to any of such statements, citing that the Ministry gifted Kenya’s F.A 244 million shillings pre the 24 team tourney in Egypt.
“It is odd [for the federation to expect the government to pay the winning bonuses]. The Sh244 million was dispatched to FKF for AFCON. It was the largest amount to ever be channelled towards any national team,” Amina told reporters.
Most of the players are quiet about the whole scenario perhaps because they ply abroad, where huge bucks are made; but what happens player like Samuel Olwande, Hillary Wandera and a queue of others playing for local clubs, during these demanding times is the unanswered rhetoric.
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