- After the long wait of no pay, Vihiga United players can finally put behind the financially straining for some time now and smile after the county government settled their five months salary arrears.
The five-months arrears from November last year and March this year have been cleared by the County Government as confirmed by the Acting chief officer for gender, culture and sports, Dominic Luvavo.
“We do understand that our players have gone through hell during that unpaid period but I guess they understand how difficult the situation is on our side too,” Luvavo said.
The payment was also confirmed by club chairman Kahi Indimuli.
“Yes players have been paid and now they can at least smile after that long dry period,” Indimuli said.
Indimuli said they are coming up with a light training program that will help the team to start gaining their fitness as they prepare to face off the Kisumu All-Stars in the coming playoffs as resumption looks possible.
Vihiga United and Kisumu All-Stars were expected to battle in the playoffs where the winner will be promoted to the Kenya Premier League. Already City Stars and Bidco United have been promoted to KPL next season.
“Since the camps were closed, we can’t exactly tell what the boys are doing out there. So we are working on a simple and light program to enable them to regain their fitness,” Indimuli added.
He said the training will be done in sessions to ensure social distancing as required by the government. Despite gearing up for All-Stars match, they are not sure whether the games will resume because the situation at hand seems to be worsening.
On the other hand, Vihiga Queens’ Coach Alex Alumira said he has provided a program and he is monitoring the players’ progress.