Rwanda Premier League top clubs stop paying players

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Due to the coronavirus crisis, top member clubs in the Rwanda Premier League have suspended their contracts with their players.

This means that they will not be paid starting from the month of April this year despite being lockdown.

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The Covid-19 pandemic has seriously compromised sporting activities across the world, which also left all football operations in Rwanda indefinitely suspended.

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APR FC players

Two teams in Musanze and Espoir earlier this week officially wrote to their players and coaches they would not be paid effective this month following the withholding of funds from their respective sponsors.

“Our sponsors have notified us that they are withholding the budget until the lockdown is over,” Musanze FC chairman, Placide Tuyishimire was quoted by New Times.

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“It is the reason why Rwanda Premier League also made a tough decision. In addition, that we know will affect many to suspend salaries,” he added.

According to New Times, only five clubs in APR, Police, Gasogi United, Marines and AS Kigali are paying their players and coaching staff in Rwanda Premier League.

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Musanze FC players will not be paid this month

This means that the rest have opted not to do so until the top-flight is back when the lockdown is over.

Over the past two weeks, players from different clubs, including from defending champions Rayon Sports, have been complaining about unpaid salaries and allowances, and a lack of communication from their clubs on the matter.

Some players from Mukura Victory Sport, who spoke on condition of anonymity, revealed they have not been paid since last December as the Huye-based outfit faces cash restraints.

Meanwhile, Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) is optimistic the leagues will resume and the 2019-20 season will be successfully completed.

APR is still on the top of the table with 57 points followed by Rayon Sports with 51 points on the 16-team Rwanda Premier League log.

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