- Kakamega Homeboyz chairman Cleophas Shimanyula has warned top-flight clubs against celebrating the new Football Kenya Federation (FKF) sponsorship deal with betting firm BetKing, claims it is not genuine.
Last week, FKF president Nick Mwendwa announced they had signed a mega Ksh1.2billion five-year sponsorship deal ahead of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) new season, adding that the new partners will wire the first payment in the next few days.
Despite the FKF announcing the deal, the Homeboyz boss maintained his earlier stance the deal might turn out to be fake since it was signed behind the backs of the clubs and stakeholders.
“Let me be honest here, the deal they claim to have signed is not there, I can state again and again that FKF was conned, we don’t have such a deal and you guys will know this very soon,” Shimanyula said.
“I have even reached out to my friends in Nigeria where they say BetKing has offices but those in the know have told me the company does not exist, so whom did they sign with the deal? And why were FKF rushing to announce the deal even without the representatives from the company?
The veteran administrator maintained that Mwendwa and his cronies are using this as a campaign gimmick to get back to the office.
“They are looking at how they can get the votes from KPL clubs. You know all KPL clubs are not happy with the current FKF regime and now they have realized the only way to get through the elections is by lying they have secured a new sponsor, they know clubs are suffering and thus they want to use it to get votes,” he observed.
He posed, “Why are they telling us that money will come in a few weeks?”
Shimanyula insists on exact dates saying, “Weeks can be months and months can be years.”
With several other stakeholders also sharing their doubts and criticism over the terms of this FKF deal, it remains that FKF has secured the deal for the top tier clubs as the news season shapes up.
Among those who echoed Shimanyula is FKF presidential aspirant Sam Nyamweya, KPL CEO Jack Oguda, Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier, and FKF presidential hopeful Twaha Mbarak.