Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama has lifted the lid on behind-the-scenes intrigues the team went through in trying to share the Sh50 million bonus promised by Deputy President William Ruto as reward to the players for qualifying for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
According to the 28-year-old midfielder who is based at Canadian football club Montreal Impact, unnamed Football Kenya Federation (FKF) officials demanded what was perceived by the players and technical bench as a bigger share of this amount.
In a wide-ranging interview with sports and entertainment channel Madgoat TV on Monday, the usually calm Wanyama also explained how he had to personally plead with FKF president Nick Mwendwa to treat his teammates Brian ‘Niang’ Mandela and Philemon ‘Mbish’ Otieno, both of whom got injured while on national team duty.
Wanyama also said Sports CS Amina Mohamed promised to pay each player Sh250,000 bonus after the team beat Tanzania at the continental showpiece played in Egypt last June. This has not happened. The Sports Ministry and the federation have disagreed on who should pick up that bill.
Wanyama also suggested that the players were intending to stage a go-slow during 2021 Afcon qualification match against Comoros in March over unpaid allowances. The game was postponed owing to coronavirus pandemic.
“I have never understood why there always has to be a problem when we (Kenyans) are sharing money. So we had a meeting. FKF (officials) wanted to take a whole Sh15 million and leave us (players and coaches) to share Sh35 million. The coach (Sebastian Migne) refused. I also refused,” explained Wanyama.