- It all started with the Sportpesa 259.7 deal cancelation in August due to prolonged tax dispute with the government. Since then, the Kenya premier league finances have been knocking to date.
With rumors that the current season might be just a priceless season with 4 million prize money yet to be paid to the KPL last season winners, Gor Mahia. “I can’t confirm if there will be prize money this season because we are yet to find a sponsor, but in regards to a trophy, there will be one. We are sourcing for the trophy locally. The league is going on but we are struggling financially. We are hopeful it will conclude well,” Jack Oguda said.
With league leaders Gor Mahia expressing their disappointment and lack of commitment to playing through their treasury bolo, “KPL has not paid us last season’s prize money and we have not received any communication from them regarding the same. Probably, the will say they don’t have sponsorship which we understand, but they should have done something by now. The league has lost its value and we are just playing it to give us the foundation of playing in Caf competition. Right now we are playing in a league that has nothing; no trophy and price money. We kept last season’s trophy for good after winning it three times in a row.”
He argued that KPL should do their job well, understand that Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards do not have the same value as other teams in the league when it comes to TV rights. The free to air broadcasting benefits only a few individuals leaving the main stakeholders (players) an opinion which KPL CEO Jack Oguda disagreed with. “This has been part of our presentation to the potential sponsors we have been talking to. The reason why we decided to be on free to air is so that we can have many people watching the league and try to sell that to potential sponsors.” Oguda said.