A number of Division one clubs have welcomed Football Kenya Federation’s move to get a sponsor for the third tier league.
As confirmed by FKF President Nick Mwendwa, each club in Zone A and Zone B of the Division One League will get Kshs. 500,000 annually.
FKF signed a Kshs.100 million deal with Betking with the new sponsorship deal set to run for 5 years. This came just days after the football governing body confirmed another mega deal worth 1.2 billion for the FKF Premier League.
This is how a number of clubs reacted:
Buruburu Sports Chairman Patrick Orwako talked big of the sponsorship, pointing out how strenuous it is on club resources when playing away matches.
“It has always been a challenge playing away matches. This deal will go a long way in easing our transport and accommodation costs,” he said.
Naivas FC Team Manager Charles Maina, on his part, noted that players will be better motivated, which will in turn improve the quality of the league.
“Having a commercial partner will improve the quality of the league. With the money, we can pay allowances and sort out transport and accommodation costs,” he opined.
Among the top performers in the league is Gor Mahia Youth FC, who gained promotion at the beginning of the 2019/2020 season.
Manasseh Otieno, a committee member at the KPL champions’ youth team, cited how strenuous it has been during away matches while welcoming the landmark deal.
“This sponsorship will help us a lot in easing our costs. It is a major boost that will help in tapping talent even from outside Nairobi. With sponsorship, we can be able to attract talented players from far and wide,” he said.