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Broke Sofapaka now shuts down club secreteriat

Former Kenya Premier League  champions Sofapaka FC have closed down the club’s secretariat in a move that further highlights the financial challenges facing the club.

The club’s secretariat within Nairobi’s CBD used to be run by a staff of about four people, including a receptionist and club President Elly Kalekwa.

The office also kept records of all its staff, including first team players and technical bench.

A spot check by Nairobi News on Monday confirmed that the secretariat has been shut down.

“The club consistently had challenges in settling rent here. So in the end there were no surprises when they decided to move to move out,” a source within the building told Nairobi News.

Sofapaka FC have long been battling financial challenges owing to a lack of consistent cash flow to the club from sponsorship deals.

As a result, several big name players have quit the club, while former employees including former  coach Sam Timbe, have taken up various measures  to compel the club to pay their accrued salaries.

Sofapaka was among the first clubs to set up an established professional set up, including the secretariat, sale of merchandise and high salaries for players.