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Time to champion rights of Kenyan footballers after retirement - James Situma

10:44 IST 13/08/2019
James Situma of Mathare United v Tusker.
The retired defender will concentrate on his Kefwa job after retiring from earlier this week

Kenya Footballers Welfare Association (Kefwa) president James Situma has vowed to champion the rights of players after he announced his retirement from football.

Situma, who hung up his boots on Monday, believes his time off the pitch will help him strive to fight for the footballers' rights even more.

Kefwa has been at the forefront of pushing for clubs to honour their contracts with players and to pay players on time. Last season, a number of Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clubs were accused of failing to pay the players, some for up to seven months.

Mount Kenya United failed to honour their matches against Gor Mahia and Mathare United leading to the two teams getting walkovers. MKU were eventually relegated after poor performances due to non-payment of salaries to players and the coaching staff.

"Of course, am the president, it is the right time to fight for the welfare of the Kenyan players," Situma responded when asked by Goal whether he will continue as the president of Kefwa.

Situma believes the state of Kenyan football will only improve if everyone concerned will champion policies which will help in the long run. 

"We will need thorough discussions and share our views with stakeholders and fans and see what we can come up with to help our game. I believe will get the solution if everyone is involved and positively strive to see football improves generally in the country," explained the former AFC Leopards and Tusker defender.

Situma launched his career in 2003 at Nzoia Sugar, played for Nairobi City Stars and Kakamega Homeboyz, won KPL titles with Sofapaka and Tusker and finished his career with Mathare United.