A former Mathare United star has revealed how during his time at the club, players were rewarded handsomely for their efforts on the pitch thanks to a well devised method not usually seen in local football circles.
Retired striker Ronald Okoth, who played for the club from 2016 to 2017, took to his social media handles to reveal how the 2008 KPL champions set-up a unique system towards financially motivating the players in a bid to get the best out of them on the pitch.
While comparing the financial attractiveness of the Tanzanian topflight with our local league, Okoth, who also featured for Sofapaka among others in a 13 year playing career, wrote: “Locally Mathare Utd & Sofapaka are probably the only clubs with some good slices / bonuses that when topped up with your salary on a good day if their sponsorship is flowing you’d be surprised at your monthly payout. I believe Bandari, Tusker & KCB also have some good allowances.
“At Mathare in 2016 we were the people being paid the best allowances then by local standards every week. A winning allowance of almost 15k per week, bonus of Ksh 3600 for being fielded in an away match outside Nrb (Nairobi), Ksh 1800 for scoring / assisting in Nrb & Ksh 3600 for away,” he explained in depth.
“An additional bonus of Ksh 1000 & 2000 for scoring a goal in the first or last 5 mins of either half. Ksh 6000 for man of the match among other packages aside from our salaries. And it would be paid on time because we had a solid sponsorship with Britam. Games were a must win!”
Mathare’s remuneration method and others like it borrows from how the continent’s and world’s biggest clubs maintain their lure for top talent. Though not having as deeper pockets as the world’s powerhouses, this system has worked wonders for the club with coveted players over the years shocking most by signing for the Slumboys.
Case in point being that of Harambee Stars international David Cheche Ochieng who joined the club at the start of the current campaign after playing in Saudia Arabia.
However, for this to be maintained, a club has to have a sufficient flow of funds and for Mathare, the last couple of seasons have been anything but sufficient financially. The club is currently locked in the relegation zone with a lack of funds a key factor towards their struggles.