Over the weekend, local football clubs treated us to the servings we expect for the coming season. Gor Mahia & Mathare United played to a local version of the Community Shield and the latter were outclassed even with the services of last season’s best tactician F. Kimanzi. AFC on the other hand had a trip to the Coast and their loss to a lowly team is cause for concern-though they may take consolation in the fact that they still have a month or so to strengthen their squad.
Thika United on the other hand has been taking the pains of setting up proper training facilities with grounds, a gym and accompanying equipment. Through their sponsors Brookside Milk, the team is also recruiting to enhance its title chances Sofapaka is also in the mix as are other clubs. The encouraging thing is that most of the clubs have secured at least 1 sponsor for either their shirts or players (becoming employees of sponsoring company). With another Kshs. 1 million (approx. 13000 US$) from the SuperSport –sponsored Kenya Premier League, clubs should be able to start the league on fair grounds. Its now up to them to ensure they fill their respective grounds with fans and play quality football to make us even abandon English, Spanish, Italian and other foreign leagues- ambitious maybe but possible.
DSTv (SuperSport) has also been recruiting local journalists to be able to cover the local games and have even committed a new outside broadcasting truck to cover the games beyond the Nairobi environs. Various stadia outside Nairobi have been earmarked for KPL games which will be screened live on SuperSport 3 starting March 2009.
Looking forward to March…KPL starts