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.