A group of former Mathare footballers has raised Ksh. 100,000 in aid of their colleague suffering from Alcohol addiction.
Philip Mwangi popularly known as Kapelo has been suffering from alcohol addiction for more than 10 years.
Kapelo who is a father of two stopped playing football at the age of 25 years after he was dropped from Mathare youth fC because of age.
He has played alongside international star Arnold Origi in Norway.
He says that he lost hope after he was dropped from Mathare youth and later locked out of his house and that’s when depression hit him and he started drinking.
“I used to sleep at Pequeninos social Hall and later my wife left me with two children it was depression all over.”
His former colleagues under the umbrella Mathare legends has raised over Ksh. 100,000 to fly Kapelo to Qatar for work, a move to try and help him reform after going through several rehabilitation programs.
Speaking to Ghetto radio sports Chairman of Mathare youth legends Peter Chege aka Shei who also played for mathare youth FC says that most of the players who were dropped from Mathare youths became miserable and some of them ended up in crime and drug abuse.
Shei says that Mathare Legends was started after former player Harry Kewel passed on due to alcohol abuse.
“We thought instead of us meeting every time there is a calamity lets form a group that will try to help our friends before calamity strikes.” He adds.
Kapelo is now ready to fly to Qatar for work to reform and detach himself from alcohol abuse and says that the biggest challenge he had was the surrounding area in Mathare that influence any one who is idle to engage in crime and alcohol abuse.