SportPesa to deliver final verdict on sponsorship in March

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The 18 KPL clubs require a combined average wage bill of Sh20 million per year to run their affairs

SportPesa will in the next two months make a decision whether to return to local sports sponsorship or pull out altogether.

The gaming giants, who were also the Kenyan Premier League title sponsor, pulled out of all sports activities early in January as a sign of protest to the proposed 35 percent tax slapped on gaming revenues by the government.

SportPesa withdrawal also affected AFC Leopards, Gor Mahia and Football Kenya Federation, who were among the beneficiaries of the cash injected into the local sports.

But SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri said that he is currently engaging his board to see to it that they return back to sports even as talks with the government to resolve the crisis drags on.

“It feels very painful to drop them (Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards) now, at this time of need. I think some of them have really good chances of going ahead to win the championship (Caf champions),” Karauri told NTV sport.

“I’ve tried to support them as much as I can, but for me to get the board’s approval…because we’ve been working on a budget. It’s not something we can do sustainably.

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"Hopefully, we can have everything sorted out in the next two months. That is when we can make a decision whether to go back and support them fully or to stop the support.”

Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards will require at least Sh20m to honour the two legs of the Caf Champions League and Caf Confederation Cup respectively.

The 18 KPL clubs require a combined average wage bill of Sh20 million per year to run their affairs.

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