Kenya Premier League is set to commence late August despite the current roaming sponsorship issues. The Kenya Premier League competition is a top-notch football league in the country also known as SportPesa Premier League.
Sportpesa Premier League name is derived from the League’s sponsorship by formerly the largest betting site in the country, Sportpesa betting site. Government’s impact in Kenya’s sports will be heavily felt in the negative incline as the only Key League in the country may lack sponsors.
What becomes of Kenya Premier League now that Sportpesa betting site, sponsor of KPL league isn’t operating in the country anymore?
It’s obvious, there will be a lot of frustrated young talents in the country now that a financial crisis may set in at the sports department.
The government of Kenya has not been a firm supporter of sporting activities and general talent development commitments. There are already stranded basketball players who had represented the country in Africa’s top competition, African Women basketball competitions.
These sportswomen managed to be second after going through tough moments facing other well-compensated players from nations where sports are elevated.
The Kenyan Ladies showed high-level patriotism believing in government’s promises which are yet to be met. After days of struggling to raise the Kenyan flag in Africa’s sports, the players were awarded only Ksh.10000 each.
This is nothing close to what the Kenyan government owes them as they were to get Ksh5000 per day in the competitions which took months before losing to Cameroon in the Finals.
Sports ministry and the president amongst other high-level leaders have on various occasions vowed to uplift sports in the country promising billions, and other exclusive offers to be offered to Kenyan sportsmen.
This has remained a norm and an impossibility since nothing happens after heightening the spirits of the Kenyan sportsmen and women.
Kenya Premier League Sponsorship
Sportpesa came in with the proposition to continue supporting and elevating the sports industry in Kenya with their demands falling on deaf ears. Now that this bookmaker won’t be operating within the country, they withdrew their support to Kenya Premier League.
Despite the exit of the KPL sponsors, the traditional Kenya Premier League board has been involved in a series of meetings this week planning the way forward for the Kenya Premier League as well as the future of other major mantles highly contested by Kenya’s Football clubs; Shield Cup and Super Cup.
The Super Cup debut will be held this weekend featuring Kenya Premier League Champions, Gor Mahia playing against Shield Cup holders Bandari Football club at Kenyatta Stadium Machakos County.
The KPL board may be trying their best to save the football and general sports menace from hitting Kenya Premier League and affecting its shareholders.
Nevertheless, in the next Kenya Premier League season, we might be set to witnesses a lot of crisis lest they acquire new sponsors and partners from the interested companies.
These should be companies interested in conducting promotions through KPL digital platforms and individual team’s Stadiums.
The Kenya Premier League 2019/20 seasons kicks off on 30th August 2019 with Kariobangi South FC and Western Stima playing opening this much-awaited Kenyan competition.
FIRST WEEK KENYA PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURE
Friday KPL games (30th August 2/019)
- Kariobangi Sharks vs Western Stima
Saturday Kenya Premier League games (31th August 2019)
- Wazito vs Nzoia Sugar
- Kisumu All-Stars vs Ulinzi stars
- Mathare United vs Bandari
- SoNy Sugar vs KCB
- Sofapaka vs Posta Rangers
Sunday KPL games (1st September 2019)
- Gor Mahia vs Tusker
- Homeboyz vs Leopards
- Zoo Kericho vs Chemelil