Nairobi — A piece of referees, largely drawn from the second tier National Super League are up in arms over unpaid dues by the FKF Caretaker Committee.
Numerous match officers who spoke to Capital Sports on situation of anonymity mentioned that almost all are owed their match officiating charges from as late as December final yr and efforts to get their dues have been futile.
“For most of us, refereeing is our daily job and this is our career. We have no other means of livelihood. As for me, I used most of my savings to honor matches knowing that I will be refunded. I used my own money for transport, food and accommodation, but all we are getting from the Committee are lies,” one of many officers instructed Capital Sport.
During Tuesday’s closing press briefing by the Committee, Titus Kasuve, who was accountable for referees within the Committee mentioned that they’d cleared many of the excellent dues owed to referees, however some say they haven’t been paid.
“We had a problem in terms of disbursing the money because some had given wrong accounts but we have since sorted and no one is owed now,” Kasuve mentioned.
But, the referees say the previous FKF vp will not be letting out the reality.
“It is very shameful for Mr Kasuve to go to the media and say he has paid us while he knows too well some of us have not been paid from January. He has been very rude to us especially when we ask him about money owed to us and now we want a sitting with the CS Amina to have our grievances heard,” mentioned one other referee.
Numerous NSL matches have been deserted this season on account of referees boycotting video games over unpaid dues.
Meanwhile within the Premier League, a giant part of match officers have been paid up till finish of March.
“They have reduced the balance by a good amount last week and now we are only owed matches that we officiated in April and the first week of May,” an FKF Premier League referee mentioned.