KPL: 2018 season to kick-off despite SportPesa exit

Jack Oguda has termed decision by SportPesa as a huge blow and warned clubs to prepare to take further cuts on their grants

Kenyan Premier League 2018 season will kick-off as scheduled despite the decision by title sponsors SportPesa to withdraw sponsorship.

On Tuesday, the betting company made good their threat to cancel all local sports sponsorship following the implementation of the 35 percent taxation by the government.

KPL CEO Jack Oguda has termed decision by SportPesa as a huge blow and warned clubs in the top flight to prepare to take further cuts on their monthly grants. “As it stands clubs will now have to take cuts from their monthly grants to accommodate what has happened.

“We still have more days before the league kicks-off but if we don’t secure a sponsor by then, clubs will definitely be tasked to offset some bills like paying referees. We will have to revert to how the league was managed five years ago when we did not have a title sponsor,” Oguda told Goal.

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Oguda is however, optimistic that the league body will secure a new sponsor before the new season kicks-off. “I am optimistic that we will get a new title sponsor. We remain positive because when one door closes another will open.

“It is one of those days when today you are up there and tomorrow you are down. We never expected this to happen but now that it has happened, we must do our best to make sure that the league kicks-off as planned.”

The league is scheduled to kick-off on February 3.

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