Cash strapped Kenyan Women Hockey Premier League Club Calls For Financial Aid From Well Wishers

Kisumu Lakers hockey club is calling out to well-wishers to help them raise 1 million Kenyan shillings for the Kenya Hockey Union women premier league season that starts in April 2021. They have come up with a M-pesa pay bill number to help them collect funds for the coming season.

Lakers Hockey Club is based in Kisumu, Kenya and consists of youthful talented ladies from western Kenya region with majority coming from Kisumu, Kakamega, Homabay, and Siaya Counties. Some their players are still in high school but most of the ladies are still studying in Universities and Colleges and some engage in various income generation activities and businesses. 

The self-sponsored team has been struggling to make ends meet ever since they joined the Kenyan top flight league, only two years after being formed. Despite struggling financially, the ladies from the lakeside city of Kisumu defied all odds to emerge no 4 in the 8 team league in their maiden season.

Since the onset of Covid-19, the Kenya Hockey Union had put a stop to all competitions until the union convened to organize a special league for the season 2021. Lakers hockey club has already confirmed participation but are not so sure if they will be able to meet the financial obligations of the league.

The team manager, John Paul Otieno, has highlighted the challenges of the team including buying equipment for the 32players in their roster, facilitating transport and accommodation during away matches and paying the league administration fee.

“We have had our highs and lows as a team and we barely scraped through the 2019 season but we always ensured the ladies honored all their games and were comfortable while at it. We have been preparing for the league and the ladies have been training consistently since January. Our biggest shortfall is the funds to run the team this season. We have reached our well-wishers and usual supporters but things have been a little difficult because the pandemic really affected business and this has in turn impacted on our well-wishers. We have a target of 1 million Kenyan shillings. Our first target is have to offset the debt carried forward from last season and we hope to clear it and even pay fully for this season.”

He has also taken the chance to thank all the well-wishers who have always stood with the team and hope that they will still continue supporting the team.

“First I would like to appreciate friends and well-wishers who have always come through for Lakers Hockey Club, we don’t take the support for granted. I am still humbly asking all well-wisher’s to kindly come up and support us. What I would let well-wishers know is that we have grown exponentially in experience, skill, and performance. We are very proud of our achievements and the hard work so far and a lot of people connected with the clubs have led to on-field success. All these have been done with lack of adequate resources and equipment. So if we can get any support, however small it is, it will go a long way to support the young talented ladies to realize their dreams.”

The management of Lakers hockey club has come up with an M-CHANGA account through an M-Pesa pay bill number. To contribute towards this course, go to LIPA NA MPESA, PAY BILL NO 891300, ACCOUNT 45950 and donate the little that you can to help this cause.

Basil Ogembo

Am a journalist and a sports writer.

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