BUDGET WHITTLED DOWN

Vihiga clubs in danger as county slash Sports Fund by 95 per cent

The county government had previously allocated Sh30m to the kitty, which supported the clubs in the various Football Kenya Federation leagues.

In Summary

• “When you allocate Sh5m to all the county teams, disbursement becomes a challenge. We have six teams at the top level and many more in the lower cadres,” he added.

• Mwangu lamented that the current budget has not allocated any monies to upgrade stadiums within the county.

Bracksides Itambo of Bunyore Starlets dribbles during a WPL match against Kibera at Wolves Den stadium in Kajiado
Bracksides Itambo of Bunyore Starlets dribbles during a WPL match against Kibera at Wolves Den stadium in Kajiado
Image: MARTIN OMBIMA

Vihiga-based clubs have rued a decision by the county to cut the sports kitty by 95 per cent.

The county government had previously allocated Sh30m to the kitty, which supported the clubs in the various Football Kenya Federation leagues.

Among the teams are Mulembe United, Vihiga Bullets and Luanda Villa who play in the National Super League (NSL).

Others are Women's Premier League sides Vihiga Queens, Bunyore Starlets and Madira Soccer Assassins.

FKF Vihiga County chairman Kelvin Mwangu said the allocation of Sh5m to sports is unfortunate.

“When you allocate Sh5m to all the county teams, disbursement becomes a challenge. We have six teams at the top level and many more in the lower cadres,” he added.

Most teams have annual budgets of between Sh15m and 25m.

Mwangu lamented that the current budget has not allocated any monies to upgrade stadiums within the county.

The teams face financial challenges with travel and the hiring of playgrounds. They use Bukhungu Stadium and Mumias Sports Complex in Kakamega and Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

“We were expecting the county (government) to allocate development funds for the stadia but the proposed budget has nothing for such,” Mwangu said.