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Nairobi News : December 2nd 2013
sport Monday, Dec 2 - Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke 31 rake in huge perks and prestige Nineteen clubs in the KHU league risk been locked out of the league over huge balances owed to the hockey body. The arrears total up to a whoping Sh1.3 million.p KHU insists the clubs must pay up if they want to remain in the league. Chairman Nahason Randiek said it is unfair for clubs in arrears to compete against those which have paid up. This explains why teams have been awarded walk overs in a number of matches. Some clubs such as Telekom Orange, Kisumu Simba, Nairobi Simba, Kenya Police and USIU pay well but the rest are struggling. Wazalendo Hockey Club for exam- Zack Aura of Kisumu Simba (right) outpaces Meshack Ngunjiri of Kimathi University during a previous match at the City Park Stadium. File, NairobiNews ple pays its players between Sh2,000 to Sh4000 while Telkom forks out Sh7,000-10,000 a month. Alternative jobs This has forced many of the play- ers to look for alternative jobs, as the money they receive from sports is barely enough to sustain them. Kenyan international Zack Aura, one of the prolific players in the national hockey team is believed to be one of the best paid players. Frank Wanangwe another hockey ace also works for an IT company in Nairobi to earn a living. Arguably one of the sports that pays released,” said a source at the Kenya Rugby Union who spoke on condition of anonymity. Football is fast catching up as a white collar sport with the growth of clubs such as Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Sofapaka and Tusker. AFC Leopards duo of Mike Baraza and Allan Wanga are reportedly the highest paid footballers in Kenya, earning monthly salaries of Sh85,000 and Sh80,000. Gor Mahia’s Dan Sserunkuma earns Sh75,000 making him the third highest paid player in the Kenyan Premier League. These exclude match bonuses which take all Leading sportsmen three above the Sh100,000 mark. KCB’s Jacob Keli may shatter the record should his ‘suitors’ AFC Leopards bow to his demands of a Sh150,000 salary. “The lowest paid player at Gor Mahia earns Sh40,000 per month, we have worked hard to get to that level,” said Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier in an interview with Nairobi News. Cricket is another discipline which pays better than other sports. According to cricket writer, Clay Muganda, Kenya’s male cricketers in the national team earn more money from Cricket Kenya than footballers’ pay scheme and yet they lack a corporate sponsor. National team cricket players are on contract and are paid monthly salaries on top of the allowances and the match fees they get during continental or international tournaments. They are believed to be paid from between Sh20,000 – Sh50,000 monthly. This is not the case in other sports where payment is by sheer luck. One sport that receives considerable limelight is hockey although it is not as lucrative as the ones mentioned above. Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) is esperiencing financial constraints. poorly is boxing. On average, a professional boxer earns a paltry Sh4,000 per bout. Unlike team sports, the fights aren’t regular for the boxers. “You have to pay for gym services, medical insurance due to the nature of the sport and still sort out other needs in life such as rent, food and clothing. “At times you can go for two months without a fight which pays poorly. Lately, boxing has not received the attention it deserves,” said professional boxer Robert Ochung. TO COMMENT ON THIS STORY, GO TO www.nairobinews. co.ke/league National 7s captain Andrew Amonde. Chris Omollo NairobiNews Collins Injera • He is the national Sevens vice-captain and Kenya’s all-time top try scorer at the IRB World Sevens Series with 165 tries. He plays for Mwamba RFC but previously turned out for military side Ulinzi. Injera is a key figure in the 7s team. Victor Wanyama • The Harambee Stars captain is the first player from East Africa to play in the English Premier League following his move to Southampton from Scottish giants Celtic. Wanyama is ranked among the best midfielders in Europe. Vivian Cheruiyot • She holds the Commonwealth record in the 5,000metres race after clocking 14:20:89 minutes. Cheruiyot is also a double world champion after winning the 10,000m and the 5,000m titles in 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. Dennis Oliech • He is a striker at French Ligue 1 club AJ Ajaccio. The Harambee Stars player guided the team to the 2002 Cecafa Cup title where he was the top scorer with five goals. His four goals also took Kenya to the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations. David Rudisha • He is the world 800m world record holder and reigning Olympic champion. Rudisha is the first man to run the race in under 1:41 minutes. The athlete is also the brand ambassador for East Africa’s biggest shoe polish company, Kiwi.
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