For the umpteenth time, National Super League (NSL) side Ushuru FC is in the news for the wrong reasons, with the club’s players claiming to have downed tools in protest over unpaid dues.
A number of players who sought anonymity, told Soka they declined to travel to Mombasa for the game against Modern Coast Rangers on Thursday 14 September until their concerns are addressed.
The team is a strong contender for promotion back to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) but behind that veneer of a fine season, lies a lot of discomfort. One of the players revealed that the club has not paid their winning bonuses since the season started and he blamed this, among other woes, on head coach Ken Kenyatta.
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“We are entitled to match winning bonuses and a certain amount when we draw our games but that has not been forthcoming since the season started. When we ask him (Kenyatta) about the same he always has excuses. We have families to feed and a lot of people who are depending on us so it is hard for us as players.
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“Only five players made the trip to Mombasa on Tuesday and we will not be going there until our grievances are heard. We have heard that he has taken to the game some players who have never played for Ushuru; this is illegal the authorities concerned to check the eligibility of the players who will feature in the Modern Coast game before the match,” the player said.
The coach, however seemed unmoved by the growing unrest at his team. Soka placed a call to him to ascertain the reports but he was non - committal, only stating; "That issue has been sorted," before hanging up.
Ushuru are currently in a great position to push for promotion, they are fourth on the NSL log with 47 points; seven behind leaders Vihiga United.