In the course of a financial crisis touching entirely on Kenyan football, National Super League (NSL) clubs have some reprieve after the league’s managers, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) struck a deal to bring on board betting company, Betika as official title sponsors for the second tier.
The deal, which brings on board a first ever, title sponsor for the league, will see Betika pump Kshs 90m to the NSL, which will be spread across three seasons, as revealed in the launch held earlier on Tuesday 12 November.
Dedicated to clubs
Of the amounts whose disbursement is set to kickoff right away, Kshs 15m will be dedicated to clubs each season, with the remaining Kshs 15 million taking care of the federation’s costs.
As revealed by the FKF President Nick Mwendwa, each club will get Kshs 750,000 per season, disbursed twice in the season. While at it, Mwendwa confirmed that clubs will still be in charge of the payment of referees’ dues as is the norm at the moment.
With the strike of the pen by the two partners, Betika represented by its Head of Commercial John Mbatia and the FKF president, the NSL officially switches to a new identity – the Betika National Super League.
Just recently, the league suffered a massive blow with the withdrawal of Bamba Sports, who for three seasons were the official broadcast partners and the Betika deal comes at an opportune moment.