Money is key for any professional footballer and Football Kenya Federation is trying as much as they can to financially motivate the Harambee Stars ahead of the 2019 Total Africa Nations Cup set for Egypt.
Harambee Stars will be making their first appearance at the continental championship in 15-years, and the yet to be selected 23-man Stars squad has every reason to smile after FKF President Nick Mwendwa broke down a lucrative bonus structure for the players who will be summoned for the showpiece.
“All 23 players who make the final squad will be entitled to approximately KSh750, 000 (UGX28M) in camping allowance,” explained the youthful Mwendwa.
He spoke during the launch of a Shinda na Stars (win with Harambee Stars) promotion which will ensure six lucky Kenyans travel to cheer Stars in Egypt.
Prior to the Nations Cup tournament, Stars captain Victor Wanyama and his teammates will camp in Paris for three weeks. It’s from there that the team is expected to compete in three friendly matches against seasoned sides, including a national team from Eastern Europe.
And in a separate financial boost, the Stars players have also been boosted with KSh50M (about UGX2B) by Deputy President William Ruto as a qualification bonus for the finals for the first time since 2004.
Stars are ranked second in the CECAFA region behind Uganda Cranes, and qualified for the Nations Cup after finishing behind Ghana and ahead of Ethiopia in the qualification campaign.