- Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa has confirmed the introduction of a new tournament that will take the place of the initial one dubbed the KPL Top 8 that had only included top-flight football clubs.
The tournament named Super 16, is set to premiere in the 2020/21 season will see the top 8 Clubs in both the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and the National Super League (NSL) face each other as opposed to top 8 that had only KPL clubs.
“We will have a new tournament from next season called Super 16 which will be sponsored by BetKing,” Mwendwa said.
“This is a competition which will involve the top eight teams in both the KPL, which will be referred to as BetKing Premier League and the NSL,” he explained.
“Matches will be played under floodlights and there will be monetary rewards and other prizes for the participating teams,” he added.
When revealing the BetKing deal, concerns on whether the sponsorship will affect the existing shirts sponsorship deals were raised.
Recently AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia jointly strike a three-year deal with BetSafe as well as Sofapaka who have secured Betika as their shirt sponsors. Mwendwa has confirmed that BetKing is the title sponsors and will not affect them.
“The BetKing deal will not affect shirt sponsors for clubs,” Mwendwa revealed.
“You can see Liverpool with Standard Chartered Bank while the [Premier League] is sponsored by Barclays Bank,” he added.
“So we will not have any issues there because BetKing are title sponsors and the others are shirt sponsors for the teams. Nothing will change, will not affect anything,” the veteran administrator concluded.
BetKing is now the official sponsors of the Kenya top tier league for the next five years and expected to fork out up to KSh1.2 billion for the participating teams.
Part of the deal agreed between Kenya’s FA and the new sponsor is the renaming of the competition to BetKing Kenya Premier League, it is the mega-deal ever inked in the Kenyans top tier.