The Kenyan Premier League is growing fast. For the first time in years, we are seeing people go to stadiums.
Despite the growth however, there’s one sector that is dragging it’s feet – player remuneration.
The highest earning footballer in KPL is AFC Leopard’s Mike Baraza who earns a monthly salary of Sh 85,000 excluding training allowances and match-winning bonuses.
Allan Wanga from the same club earns Sh 80,000.
Dan Sserenkuma, whose future at Gor Mahia looks uncertain, completes the top three at Sh 75,000 a month.
|Name||Position||Club||Age||Former club||Monthly Salary|
|Mike Baraza||Striker||AFC Leopards||34||Ulinzi Stars||Sh85,000|
|Allan Wanga||Striker||AFC Leopards||26||Sofapaka||Sh80,000|
|Dan Sserunkuma||Striker||Gor Mahia||25||City Stars||Sh75,000|
|Paul Mungai||Striker||Gor Mahia||21||KCB||Sh70,000|
|Paul Were||Midfielder||Tusker FC||22||AFC Leopards SC||Sh70,000
Source – Nairobi News
The money from corporate sponsorships seem to be very low. Clubs should therefore look for more ways to generate revenue, because however you look at it, that salary is too low.
Even though our economy is still developing, it makes no sense for a musician to earn 10 times what the best paid footballer makes.
Some artists like Jaguar command over Sh 300,000 per gig, and they can have several in a month.
It therefore means that with the right management and revenue plans, the clubs should be paying their players much better – the economy of the nation can support this.
In comparison to our league, here’s what some top African players make in Europe.
Michael Essien- Chelsea Annual: KSH 570,000,000
- Monthly: KSh 47,000,000
- Monthly: KSH 100,000
- Monthly: KSH 76,000,000