- Football Kenya Federation (FKF) presidential aspirant Sam Nyamweya has promised teams better deals in the future if elected to head football in Kenya, revealed he pleaded with the Ministry to bail out clubs from the Sports Fund kitty.
The administrator has also promised broadcasting rights, faulted the Ministry of Sports for the ongoing financial problems faced by football in the country.
“I have, from early 2019, been pleading with the Government of Kenya and the Ministry of Sports through the Sports, Arts and Social development fund to consider giving grants of between KSh15 to KSh30 million for each of the 18 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clubs to cushion them against the harsh economic times and the challenges brought about by Covid-19 pandemic, which has put restrictions to sporting activities,” Nyamweya said.
Nyamweya continued to fault the parent Ministry of Sports in lack of responsiveness that has led to the current situation where any sponsorship dangled along the way of the KPL is accepted as a relief from the untold suffering experienced by the premier clubs.
Although the outgoing office announced BetKing as the new sponsors of the top tier league and every club will get at least KSh8 million per season, Nyamweya has asked the clubs to cautiously accept the sponsorship as there are some of the controversies associated with it.
“KPL clubs should cautiously accede to the sponsorship agreement with a rider to have it regularized once a new office is elected,” Nyamweya continued.
“The sponsor BetKing should not interfere with the already running contracts which other betting companies have entered with the KPL clubs, i.e the Betsafe sponsorship with Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards and Betika with Sofapaka among others,” he explained.
The veteran administrator further promised to streamline everything if elected to the office and try to get a broadcast sponsor as well.
“When elected president of FKF, my team and I will embark on a process of regularizing the anomalies surrounding the BetKing sponsorship and looking at ways of enhancing it and getting a broadcast sponsor and other partners to enhance the grants given to the clubs,” he concluded.