The perennial players’ boycott at Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards could be a thing of the past if plans by both teams’ sponsor are implemented.
Gor and AFC signed a three-year deal with SportPesa worth Sh198.6 million and Sh156.4 million, respectively, but the two teams have to struggle to remit players’ salaries on time, something that has often escalated into strikes by the players.
But the gaming company has devised plans to end the bad publicity with SportsPesa CEO Ronald Karauri saying that they are contemplating wiring the players’ salaries directly into their respective accounts by January 2019.
“We are actually looking at whether it will be viable for us to be paying the players directly so that we don’t have issues of players’ salaries arising. It’s a big concern for us because it’s very disruptive to the players.
“There are people mandated to run the league and clubs whom we give the sponsorship money. As sponsors, we are very concerned with what has been happening at Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards,” Karauri told the standardmedia.co.ke
Gor Mahia are currently preparing for the Caf Champions League preliminary round against Nyasa Big Bullets on Wednesday.