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Betika, FKF Cushions Footballers against Corona Economic Hardships

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Betting firm Betika has intervened to cushion Kenyan footballers from the economic hardships occasioned by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

In a partnership with Football Kenya Federation (FKF), Betika has injected a Sh5.3 million package for Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and the second tier Betika National Super League (BSL) clubs players.

Thirty players drawn from the 17 KPL and 19 BSL clubs will each take home a KES 5,000 token from the leading online gaming firm.

At hand to receive the token was Gor Mahia captain Kenneth Muguna and his Nairobi City Stars counterpart Anthony Kimani, on behalf of the 36 clubs at the event that was held on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at the  FKF House, Goal Project in Kasarani.

“Thank you Betika for your generosity and FKF for bringing on board this well-wisher to support us at this opportune time,” said Kenneth Muguna.

Anthony Kimani, capped 10 times by the national football team Harambee Stars, welcomed the gesture.

“Never before has football been suspended to this extent and this token, though not enough, will go a long way in cushioning us against the economic effects of the global pandemic.”

While presenting the cheque to FKF President Nick Mwendwa and the two captains, Betika commercial Head John Mbatia reiterated the leading online gaming firm’s commitment to supporting Kenyan football.

“Football has been largely affected by this pandemic and it is for this reason that we opted to partner FKF in supporting our players,” he said.

On March 13th, 2020, FKF suspended football activities on the country following a directive by the government banning public gatherings after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Kenya.

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Betika Resumes Football Kitting Programme

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Leading sports betting firm, Betika, has resumed its programme of kitting and equipping football teams through its ‘Betika Na Community’ initiative.
In the wake of Covid-19, Betika na Community planned Initiatives were slowed down.
However, Betika has now started slowly distributing merchandise to various communities in and around Nairobi through a campaign dubbed#TurudiUwanjani.
Resumption of the programme, was kick-started in Westlands Sub County with the first kit deployment being made to 23 clubs of full kits, soccer Balls and nets.
Under the sports program, the company organizes grassroot football tournaments across the country to support the youth in the communities through provision of uniforms, financial support, kits, balls, nets and other sports equipment.
Since its launch in November 2019, Betika has held football tournaments in Machakos, Meru, Kisii, Nyamira, Vihiga, Kakamega counties among others.
Each tournament consisted of grassroot football teams who benefitted from cash prizes, football equipment and support towards a community water project of their choice. In addition, as part of community engagement in these counties, Betika distributed branded merchandise and protective occupational gear e.g. reflector jackets, aprons, overalls and conductor jackets to the locals.
The ‘Betika Na Community’ has now grown into a massive movement with huge following across the country with sports lovers taking to the firm’s social media pages to enquire where the initiative is going next.
Betika continues to reaffirm their commitment in investing in sports, arts and culture across the country in 2020.

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FKF President, Premier League transitional committee hold return to football meeting

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FKF President Nick Mwendwa has on Thursday, August 6, 2020, met the five-member FKF Premier League transitional committee, led by Ulinzi Stars Chairman Col. Eric Oloo.

Top on the agenda was the return to football protocols that need to be adhered to, in anticipation for the start of the 2020/2021 FKF Premier League season, once the global Covid-19 pandemic positively evolves.

In attendance were Ulinzi Stars Chairman Col. Eric Oloo, AFC Leopards Chairman Dan Shikanda, Zoo FC Chairman Ken Ochieng, Tusker Chairman Daniel Aduda, and Kariobangi Sharks Chairman Robert Maoga

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Court orders former FKF Boss Nyamweya to pay Journalist Sh10 Million for Defamation

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Former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) chairman has been ordered to pay sports journalist Omullo Okoth Sh10million for defamation.

Omullo Okoth moved to court in 2015 to sue former FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya for defamation over an article he wrote in a weekly publication.
Confirming the move to Kenya Online News, Okoth said:” Justice has been served. That particular article really ruined my reputation as it claimed that I had been bribed to offer certain favors.”
Okoth also said FKF has been enjoined in the suit as the statement which appeared in the weekly publication was written on the federation’s letterhead.
“I have received a ruling against Nyamweya and the federation and my lawyers will be serving them soon.”

Contacted for comment FKF President Nick Mwendwa said he had received the ruling but insisted that the federation should not have been enjoined.
“You cannot sue an entity for defamation. We have asked our lawyers to appeal against the ruling and strike out our name from the suit. They should go for the individual who defamed them and not the federation,” he said.

IND. 0249 SUB OMULO VS NYAMWEYA DEFAMATION CASE

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