The current impasse between the national government and the betting industry in the country is threatening not only the multi-million industry but also the others that are hugely dependent on it including local football.
The situation has resulted in Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa to urge the government, as it seeks to regulate the industry, to also keep in mind football in the country, which hugely depends on the sponsorship from the firms in the industry.
“If a solution on the betting issue is not arrived at then football in the country will lose roughly 600 million in sponsorship,” Mwendwa said Monday as he addressed journalists at the Goal Project offices.
“For example, if SportPesa pullout there will be no sponsor for the Shield Cup, the national team, as well as several clubs like Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards will lose a big chunk of their income.
“Recently we had Everton FC visit our country, a big spectacle it was and that too will be lost.
“We do understand that the government needs to regulate the industry but at the same time we ask that they consider us and think of that young player in Lodwar who has dreams of becoming the next big name in the national team.”
The government earlier in the month moved to cancel the operating licenses of 27 betting firms due to their failure of meeting its (govt) new regulations on license renewal.