Last week I was inundated by news that Sportpesa had signed on to become Hull City’s kit sponsor. What seemed to go begging was the news that they had also come to an understanding with Southampton to have them come to Kenya and hold training clinics.
Think about that, the team that allowed the world to appreciate Wanyama’s prowess on the pitch will be coming to Kenya every so often to scout for and train with local talent!
That’s right,SportPesa signed what insiders are calling a “multi-million pound three-year deal” with Southampton ahead of the 2016/17 season.
This for me was the biggest news in local sports for one reason; the deal will see Southampton support the development of young football players in Kenya by sending football development experts and support staff to the country. And it doesn’t end there.
They are introducing an exchange programme that will see Kenyan players visit the club’s Staplewood Campus to learn key skills in football development at a Premier League club!
And with all this going, there are still voices of disquiet talking out of the side of their necks about stopping what they perceive to be Sportpesa’s interference in local football.
Let us get to the next page to see why this is the case.