SSMB in talks to bring Arsenal to Kenya

A top official reveals to that the Gunners and a top German side will visit Kenya in a partnership deal involving SSMB, Kenya FA and Openside Sports UK Ltd
By Staff

Sports Stadia Management Board (SSMB) is in talks with several English Premier League clubs including Arsenal, as well as an unnamed German Bundesliga outfit, with a view to inviting the duo to Nairobi for a series of friendly matches in July.

This development was exclusively revealed to by a source from within the Board, who wished not to be named as this would pr-empt an official press briefing on the subject scheduled for Thursday.

The deal to bring the clubs involves SSMB in partnership with Football Kenya Federation, working together with Openside Sports UK Limited.

"Their are several teams involved and we are working on modalities to bring one or two. We are looking at July because that is the time most of the teams are resuming training for pre-season."

"We are also looking at teams that are quite popular in Africa, the discussions are quite progressing and I can confidently tell you that Arsenal is one of the teams we are seriously looking at, alongside a Bundesliga club," revealed the source.

The press briefing to reveal the details of the historic trip will be held on Thursday at Kasarani, with Government officials and Kenya FA President Sam Nyamweya expected to attend.

Initial investigations by reveal that European teams request for between USD 500,000 and 1 million (ksh 40 million to 80 million) in appearance fees on top of world class facilities including air travel and accommodation guarantees to visit countries in Asia and Africa.

Last summer, a well publicized move by Arsenal to Nigeria, where the London side were primed to face the Nigerian national team in a pre-season, aborted at the last hour, after the trip organizers failed to guarantee finances.

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have in the past visited South Africa and played in a series of build up matches against local sides.