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Former AFC Leopards defender Collins Kisuya makes social media plea for ‘any job’

By Winnie Mabel February 16th, 2024 2 min read

Former Harambee Stars player Collins M. Kisuya is a man in need.

Taking to his social media earlier this week, the defender begged for any job to offset his accruing bills as he has been jobless for years.

“Hello today good people…Kindly, asking for a job opportunity for any friend reading this. Been jobless for now 4 years and struggling with bills here and there. If anything positive, kindly contact me on 0745728295. Thanks and stay blessed,” wrote Mr Kisuya on Facebook.

The 35-year-old Kenyan defender has played for several clubs since 2008.

A dependable defender in his prime, Kisuya turned out for AFC Leopards, Sofapaka, Sonny Sugar, Homeboyz, and Beerschot, a Belgian club. He also enjoyed a short stint with Harambee Stars.

“I have a driving licence since 2013. It is valid. I can drive,” he explained in an interview.

“I am also willing to go for a coaching course if someone can sponsor me.”

Kenyan footballers are paid as low as Sh 15,000 to Sh 100,000 a month as salary depending on contracts but little interest in the game by previous governments and the corporate world has led to a cash crunch.

Due to this, players and coaches have been going for months without pay.

In a prior interview, former Harambee Stars player McDonald Mariga echoed the same regarding staff pay for national team players.

In a tell it all interview with Radio Jambo, the ex-Inter Milan star, who remains the only East African player to win the UEFA Champions League title, claimed the current crop of Stars players takes home Sh750 a day. This, he added, is in contrast to the between Sh5000 and Sh10000 he received during his stint with the team between 2003 and 2018.

“Our players have been forced to have two jobs because they cannot survive with the salary that comes from playing football. Their concentration is split as a result and they cannot perform for the national team. “The (Harambee Stars) players are paid something below Sh1000 but during our days (under former FKF president Sam Nyamweya) we received Ksh5000, and when we were on away duty, we would be given Ksh10,000,” explained Mariga.

Furthering one’s career after a football career continues to prove tricky for players, with either coaching or refereeing being the only viable options in the football world. Failure to get any work related to the pitch, former players are forced to look for unrelated hustles to make ends meet.

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