Mt Kenya FC: Officials last-ditch efforts to salvage status as players abscond over non-payment

Cash-strapped Mount Kenya United players have vowed not to honour the remaining Kenyan Premier League matches if they are not paid their wages.

A source told Kurunzi the management sympathized with the situation of the players and said they were trying their best to “get something for the players”, admitting it was true they had gone for months without pay.

“The team is now on its own after recent unfortunate developments and it is now down to seeking for well-wishers support to keep the team going until the end of the season,” said the source on condition of anonymity.

“We want to do our best raise money for every match. We are hoping that someone out there would see the value of supporting this football club and invest in it for the long term.”

The players handed Mathare United free points after they absconded their weekend match, hardly a month since they failed to honour another topflight tie (against Gor Mahia).

Skipper Kelvin Thairu told Citizen Digital they had not been paid since January but said they were willing to change their stand if the club’s management pays part of the arrears.

Thairu says their situation so dire that a number of players had been locked out of their houses for failing to pay their house rents.

“We are in a difficult situation for sure and no player wants to skip any match but again we find ourselves unable to turn up with this situation,” he told Citizen Digital.

“Most of the players have been evicted from their houses and just imagine we have families to feed also.”

The team, now a walk-over away from relegation, sit bottom of the 20-team league on 18 points, 11 below Chemilil Sugar, who are 15th with six rounds remaining.

The team was formerly known as Nakumatt FC before rebranding to their current name and scheduled to host Sony Sugar on Saturday in Machakos.

Should they fail to appear then their fixture against AFC Leopards on 23 May 23 at the same venue would not be necessary as they would have been relegated for giving three walk-overs this season.

Additional content obtained from Citizen Digital

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