Pay television channel SuperSport have refused to air live AFC Leopards v Mathare United match at City Stadium this afternoon
By Otieno Otieno
Pay television channel SuperSport have refused to transmit live AFC Leopards v Mathare United match at City Stadium this afternoon.
The AFC Leopards v Mathare match was supposed to come live after that thrilling fixture between Thika United and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) at the same venue.
But to the suprise of many, SuperSport pulled out their cameras immediately after the Thika United match that saw the Brooke side sponsored side win 1-0 to consolidate their top spot in the 16 team league.
In an interview with Goal.com, Dstv general manager Auka Gacheo said that they will not air any match involving AFC Leopards' until they come clean on their deal with rival pay television station Zuku.
Leopards entered into a Sh23 million partnership deal with Zuku three weeks ago to produce a football magazine entirely dedicated to the club dubbed Ingwe TV. According to the deal, Leopards is to directly benefit from Sh8 million of the pie with the deficit going into production costs.
“As for now we are suspending the airing of AFC Leopards matches because they have contravened the contract we have with the premiership body. Until we get a clear road map from the club and KPL all their matches will be off air."
"We have been waiting to hear from them (Leopards and KPL) but we are yet to get any substantial communication."
AFC Leopards vice-chairman Walter Onyino termed SuperSports' move as unfair. "According to our schedule this match was supposed to be aired live. We are perturbed by the decision by SuperSport since our deal with Zuku does not in anyway infringe on their deal with Kenya Premier League."
After signing the deal, KPL CEO Jack Oguda told Goal.com that the club had infringed on SuperSports' rights as official broadcasters.
The KPL supremo even went ahead to threaten AFC Leopards that they will be suspended from the league if they do not cancel the deal with Zuku TV.“We called them for a meeting on Thursday to discuss the issue but they never turned up. We are giving them time but if they do not cancel it, the option we have is to suspend them from the league."
“This is what the regulations provide for and if we have to go this way then we will do it,” he said.
Oguda accused the club of having gone behind their back to sign the deal pointing out that KPL had previously been against a similar deal with Smart TV two years ago.