Kiyovu players unhappy over wages
Players featuring for local club SC Kiyovu are very sad after going months without receiving their salaries.
This is the second time over the course of two separate seasons that the club has missed a deadline to pay players.
Club president Jean Pierre Kayumba admitted that they are having a problem with players’ wages.
“They have not received salaries for the past two months. The issue is that Nyarungenge district, the club sponsor is yet to release the funds and this is not intentional. Players’ wages are a very big motivator for them to perform. The district had some troubles with financial inflow and it is a general problem since they had drafted a budget to sponsor the club.”
At the beginning of the season, the club signed a memorandum of understanding with the district to sponsor them to a tune of Rwf60m.
Speaking about the issue, one of the players who spoke anonymously said, “Out of growing frustration, the club should realize how big the problem continues to mount if they don’t pay us. We have financial obligations to meet.”
Talks are underway with the sponsors to try and solve the problem and Kayumba said, “Nyarungenge district which receives revenue from annual registration licenses will remit the pledge from the revenue expected this month and after that, we expect the problem to be solved in the club.”
Kiyovu which has all along struggled with financial constraints is fourth this season with 32 points from 18 games, two points behind Peace Cup champions AS Kigali.
During the course of the season, most of the local football clubs go through financial difficulties, apart from a few who have some advantages. Most club managers become stressed at this time of the season.