- After Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) announced they are pulling out from sponsoring the teams, FKF Presidential candidate Sam Nyamweya has proposed ways to help teams stay afloat.
Nyamweya has requested KPLC to consider allowing the three clubs Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Western Stima and two National Super League sides, Coast Stima and Nairobi Stima who were initially under the KPLC before they pulled out to be sponsored by other investors.
“We the football stakeholders were taken aback by the announcement by Kenya Power and Lighting Company of withdrawing sponsorship from three of its football teams participating in the Kenyan Premier League and the second-tier League the National Super League, citing the adverse business environment owing to the Covid-19 pandemic,” Nyamweya letter to KPLC Managing Director and CEO Bernard Ngugi.
“It is without a doubt that the KPLC has consistently and over the years supported football through the innovative Charity Cup and by sponsoring their own Company branded football teams,” he said.
“The withdrawal of a trusted partner like Kenya Power and Lighting Company is devastating to the football ecosystem and the consequences are far-reaching,” he added.
He continued to say that the immediate casualty is Western Stima FC a top Kenyan Premier League club that has been consistent and posted good results over the years.
On his way forward, Nyamweya proposed Kenya Power and lighting company to consider:
“Reverting Coast Stima Football club to its original status as a community club based in Mombasa and revert to its previous name Coast United FC.
“The County Government of Mombasa through His Excellency Governor Ali Joho considers sponsoring Coast United which, for all intents and purposes, represents the football face of the Coastal Community.
“Western Stima FC, whose name connotes a close association with western region Counties, though in practice Western Stima is a Kisumu based team, considers relocating to the North Rift Region and be adopted, sponsored and rebranded by either Uasin Gishu County Government, Trans Nzoia County Government, Nandi County or Elgeyo Marakwet County Government.”
The administrator, who believes this is the only way for the clubs to continue existing after the departure of KPLC, challenged Nairobi to adopt Nairobi Stima and rebrand it to Nairobi County FC as well.