Sofapaka players cry foul over unpaid dues

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Betika was signed up as Batoto ba Mungu’s shirt sponsors last season, which helped the club to finish second in the top league

If you thought financial problems at Sofapaka FC are a thing of the past, well think again.

Reports reaching Goal now indicates that the 2009 champions are struggling to make ends meet, and have not paid players’ salaries accumulating to three months.

A top player, who did not want to be named, says no word has come from the management concerning their dues. “It is true, we have not been paid from December, and the last salary we received was way back in November.

“We are not happy with the way we are being treated and that is why we have decided to come out in the open and tell the world what is happening.”

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Last December, betting firm Betika confirmed that they were reviewing its Sh50 million a year sponsorship deal signed with the club. The review followed the 35 per cent tax imposed on betting firms by the Government, which came into effect at the beginning of January.

Betika was signed up as Batoto ba Mungu’s shirt sponsors last season, which helped the then cash-strapped club to finish runners-up in the top league after struggling against relegation in 2016.

Goal efforts to reach club President Elly Kalekwa were futile as his phone was switched off; while another official Leon Diallo did not respond.

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