SportPesa All Stars back
SportPesa All Stars team are back home after playing friendly matches against Spanish teams Sevilla Atletico and Corodoba FC which they lost 0-1 and 0-4.
Speaking in Nairobi Tuesday, Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi said that Kenyan football has grown tremendously due to huge investments directed to the sector by companies such as SportPesa.
Okumbi added that the partnership between Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and the SportPesa betting firm made the trip to Spain succeed noting that such games against international teams would boost Kenyan footballers’ confidence and skills.
“If our team continues playing with international teams, the exposure might give us a chance in the coming football events worldwide,” said FKF President Nick Mwendwa, adding that the efforts could be seen in 2022 Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Qatar when the National side qualifies.
Mwendwa urged the government to increase investment in sports, noting that this could be a source of employment to many of the jobless youth.
He later awarded SportPesa chair and Harambee Stars coach with a lifetime premier league pass.
SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri said that the fate of the lead betting firm could be known between now and January next year following the government’s move to impose a 35 percent tax on all betting firms.
By Hope Maina and Njeri Murungi