OFFICIAL: AFC Leopards sign five year deal with SportPesa

The sponsorship deal worth Sh45million was signed on Friday in the presence of Sports Tribunal chairman John Ohanga

AFC Leopards have finally signed a five year deal with betting company SportPesa.

The deal worth Sh45million was penned on Friday in the presence of Sports Tribunal chairman John Ohanga. The Sh45m will increase by 5 percent in every year.

Ingwe chairman Mathews Opwora confirmed the development to Goal and said they are now focused on Kenyan Premier League that kicks-off on Saturday. “We have signed the deal that will see our club receive Sh45m per year and this will increase by five percent in every year.

“It was a good sponsorship because they increased the grant from what they had previously wanted to offer us and since it is the decision of the Sports Tribunal...we agreed to sign.”

Asked on the Betway deal the club had signed earlier, Opwora said, “We agreed to sign because that was a decision of the Sports Tribunal. In terms of infrastructure, the Betway deal was good and could have helped this great club but we had no choice because the Tribunal went for SportPesa.

“Also, we did not want to hold our players and fans at ransom. The contract issue was bringing a lot of heat in the club and it was good that we have the problem solved. We must now shift our energy to help the team perform well against Mathare United on Sunday.”

Earlier on Thursday, Betway had offered the club more money to convince them to retain their services as shirt sponsors. The move came a few hours after the Sports Tribunal ruled that SportPesa are the official sponsors of AFC Leopards despite Betway having unveiled their sponsorship of the club.

But sources confirmed to Goal that Betway had offered more money and hoped to retain the sponsorship. "We have been offered more money by Betway and so we are thinking about it. It is a good offer and is better than what SportPesa are offering.”