Now that the club is in dire straits financially with the withdrawal of sponsors Tuzo and with the KRA freezing all the club’s accounts, the club needs its fans more than ever. Club chairman Ambrose Rachier has started an MPESA initiative to enable fans to contribute. Some already have.
However those fans who live overseas do not have access to MPESA. The club should expand its monetary base by making it possible for fans who are not in Kenya to donate to the cause. Remember that there are some overseas based fans who would also be interested in contributing. Perhaps they could partner with money transfer companies such as Moneygram. I will leave it up to the club’s officials to find a way to enable diaspora fans to contribute. But I would strongly urge them to consider expanding beyond MPESA so that overseas based fans can contribute.
And once again, transparency and accountability is of paramount importance. If the club’s officials continue to ignore the fans who have been calling for transparency for decades now, this group of officials will be blamed if the club does not meet its financial goals. The initiative may not succeed unless the club officials do a better job of being transparent. Although many fans have sent their contributions, there are already numerous fans who feel unseasy about doing the same. Its now up to club officials to put in place measures for accountability and transparency. History is judging them to see whether they will steer the club out of this crisis. Having said that, I call on all fans to help ensure that the players are paid. The last thing the fans need now is for players to go on strike.