Kenyan international Eric ‘Marcelo’ Ouma has urged footballers to form a Sacco to cushion them from difficult economic times particularly in their lives after football. The Sweden based player particularly challenged local based footballers to learn from the challenges they are facing during this global crisis that has seen league football suspended worldwide.
The ravaging Coronavirus has left athletes across the globe severely affected financially, psychologically, and physically. The situation has worsened the already struggling KPL clubs who, even before the suspension of sports activities, had been unable to pay players in time due to lack of sponsors.
Several clubs including Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Kakamega Homeboys have had to do with salary reductions for their players. This has exposed players who solely depended on football as a means of living to vulnerability with several stakeholders warning that some of the players could go back to social vices like crime.
It is this picture that has pushed Marcelo to challenge his counterparts to make a deliberate effort to organize economic empowerment plans for crisis survival.
“We should come up as friends and form small groups like even a Sacco where we can save money. The little we save can later be used to open up businesses and other investments that we can rely on after football,” said the former Gor Mahia defender.
While speaking yesterday in a live Facebook chat dubbed Tujuane and which is hosted by football veteran and Jaza Stadi CEO Bramwell Karamoja, Marcelo also noted that unity was also essential for the development of the local football.
“There are players who need others to hold their hands. It is therefore very important to unite and come together. You don’t need to blow away my candle so that yours can shine,” added the former Kakamega High School alumni alluding to an existence of spite in the game.
Watch the full interview here; https://www.facebook.com/bramwellkaramoja/videos/1522994601193936/