As COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage economies and bring to a halt several activities across the globe, people have been forced to adjust to new ventures to put food on the table. The sports sector is one of the most hard-hit industries with governments suspending match days to combat the spread of the virus. In Kenya for instance, the already struggling Kenya Premier League saw the players do with unpaid wages since the suspension of the league. Some of the players have had to resort to manual jobs to meet their needs.
One such player is former Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars defender, Wesley Onguso who has now ventured into the boda boda sector. The experienced left-back who is currently signed at Nairobi City Stars has picked one of his four motorbikes and is often seen transporting clients to make ends meet.
Apart from the boda boda business, the 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup winner with Harambee Stars, has also joined a campaign team that is sensitizing residents of Kawangware estate on preventive measures related to the spread of COVID-19.
Onguso’s story reveals the situation for many KPL players who no longer depend on the professional talents to earn a living. The majority have had to set up side hustles to put up the inadequacy in the league. The premier league has been hit with the financial crisis even before Covid- 19 came. The withdrawal of SportPesa, a major sponsor of the top tier league, already saw many clubs contend with millions of salary arrears.