Sports / Updates
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 19:50 EAT
Leading sports betting firm SportPesa today launched the inaugural SportsPesa Super Cup to feature eight teams from Kenya and Tanzania. The event will feature six teams from the Kenyan Premier League and its Tanzanian equivalent, sponsored by SportPesa and two teams that are not featured by the betting firm.
The teams are Kenya Premier League sides Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Tusker and National Super League side Nakuru All Stars. In addition to sponsoring the league, SportPesa have also sponsored Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and Nakuru All Stars.
Tanzanian sides set for the event set for June 5-11 at Uhuru Stadium Dar es Salaam are Yanga, Simba Sports Club, Singida United and Zanzibari side Chang'ombe Boys.
SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri said the launch of the two nation tournament is aimed at giving the best teams in East Africa a chance to showcase their talent apart from providing top-notch football to residents of the two countries.
The winner takes home Sh3 million ($30,000), runners up Sh1 million ($10,000), third-placed side Sh500,000 ($5,000) while the fourth-placed side will pocket Sh250,000 ($ 2,500). The winner will meet a top English Premier League team later in the year.
The fixtures were given as follow:
June 5: Quarter-finals - Leopards v Singida United, Yanga v Tusker,
June 6: Simba v Nakuru All Stars, Gor Mahia v Changombe Boys.
June 8: Semi-finals
June 11: Finals.
At the same time, the Kenya Football Federation (FKF) and Malian sports apparel firm, Mafro Sports, have signed a three-year kitting deal worth Sh75 million (US$750,000). The deal will see all the Kenya national football teams, ranging from the Under-13 to the senior men's national team, Harambee Stars, don the new kits.
Mafro Sports takes over from Italian sports kit manufacturer Joma who used to kit Kenyan teams under the FKF, led by former President Sam Nyamweya. Under the deal, signed by FKF President Nick Mwendwa and Singapore-based Mafro Sports Managing Director Mahmoud Goumda, US$ 570,000 will go into kitting teams while FKF gets US$ 150,000 for donning the uniforms.
Meanwhile, national coach Stanley Okumbi has called up 26 home-based players for a friendly international match against Angola in Kenya on 4 June. Kenya will use the friendly as part of the build up for the 2018 CHAN which Kenya will host in January-February.
The CHAN is a tournament that runs under the aegis of CAF, restricted to home-based players. It seeks to give chance to home-based players, who are often overshadowed by their foreign-based compatriots, the chance to showcase their talents.