Wazito FC president Ricardo Badoer has made a daring plea to the Football Kenya Federation and the Kenyan Premier League to allow his team to represent the country in the Caf Champions League next season.
The current campaign is suspended because of the Corona Virus Pandemic with most teams having played 23 matches out of the 34 required to finish the season.
The 2018/19 National Super League champions struggled at the beginning of the season, but have managed to stabilize and are 13th on log.
The Swedish investor is confident of meeting the expenses of taking part in Africa’s club elite competition, which has often been a stumbling block for Kenyan sides participating in the continental assignments.
The winner of the league represents Kenya in Caf Champions League with the FKF Shield winner representing the nation in the Caf Confederation Cup.
Last week, Badoer announced that he will not be asking any of his staff in Kenya to take a pay cut and will instead pay salaries in full. He says he had to be considerate of the employees who have many dependents.
“My thinking is that when you have people working for you, you cannot decide not to pay them because there is a virus in the world, it would be very unfair for me to pull such a move. They have families, they need to put food on the table and as such, I have to consider their welfare too,”.
“My company is an international company, we have a huge number of people working for us and in Kenya alone, we have employed around 65 people. If I decide not to pay them because of the virus, their families will suffer because they cannot do any other job right now. I am showing solidarity and responsibility by paying them all their dues during this difficult period,” he added.
On whether the move will hurt his business…
“I always have money put aside that can run my business and pay my people during bad times. When you survive bad times, you come back stronger because the staff will be willing to give their best because they are part of a well-run business,” he concluded.