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FKF Division one Clubs hail BetKing partnership

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FKF Division One League clubs have lauded Football Kenya Federation’s KES 100 Million 5-year partnership with BetKing Kenya which will see the league referred to as the BetKing Division One League.

Each of the 32 clubs is set to get a KES 500,000 annual grant from the Federation, under the partnership.

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.

BetKing Kenya, a competitive sportsbook company, which is part of the Pan–African gaming group KingMakers, had earlier last week committed to a KES 1.2 Billion partnership for the FKF Premier League.

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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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