Kenyan Premier League side Zoo Kericho could be in for a financial boost if plans by Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony to set aside Sh20 million every year for them for five years are realised.
While attending Friday’s KPL Player of The Year Awards, where Zoo’s Mike Madoya scooped four awards including the Most Valuable Player gong, Chepkwony said his government had already decided to come to the aid of the team and is hoping the money can be approved before the 2018 KPL season starts.
“I am happy to see Zoo being recognised and their players winning awards. As the only KPL team in Kericho, we have beed discussing how to help them and I hope that in consultation with the County Assembly, we can approve some money for them even of it is not the whole Sh20 million before the league starts,” said Chepkwony.
Zoo chairman and founder Ken Ochieng confirmed the news, saying if the money is approved, it will help the club a big deal as they will not only be able to sign high calibre players but also pay salaries and match allowances in good time besides buying a team bus.
“I am happy for Madoya as his hard work, resilience and determination has enabled him scoop this award. This shows he can one day turn professional if he puts in more effort,” said Ochieng.
Madoya is the second Zoo player to be awarded in less than a month after team-mate Nicholas Kipkirui was honoured with the New Player gong in the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya Awards in December.