Football Kenya Federation has today unveiled Azam TV as the official broadcasters for the FKF Premier League. The deal is worth $ 750, 000 per year in duration of three years.
According to the Groups Chief Executive Officer Rhys Torrington, next weekend they will broadcast their first match in the FKF league with their OB expected in the country on Tuesday. From there the pay TV station will broad cast at least two matches every week for the rest of the season. As part of the deal, FKF will allow a local channel to broad cast two games every week.
The deal will see clubs receive Ksh. 1m each month and the federation is currently working on how much they will give eventual winners of the league. According to FKF President Sammy Nyamweya, they will sit down with the League management then come up with a budget for the winners.
Nyamweya warned clubs they will face consequences if they misappropriate funds allocated to them insisting the grants will be for club development only.
“Clubs I want you guys to appreciate, this is serious, we don’t want you take it for granted, since independence, there is nobody who has ever given clubs one million shillings per month, and these clubs are the future of Kenyan Football”
“Our future lies in these clubs, our best players lies in these clubs, we have been having financial challenges, and nobody has helped us, we are determined to take Kenyan Football to another level, clubs once you get that money, please spend that money wisely, we will have auditors in every location” He said.
Nyamweya has also confirmed FIFA officials will be back in the country next week to help solve the standoff between FKF and KPL. The two sides have failed to agree on the way forward regarding the new league format proposals from FKF with KPL also running their own league.
Last year FIFA officials led by Ashford Mamelodi met both parties but despite their recommendations on the way forward, the two football parties failed to agree and ended up in corridors of courts. The case is still pending in court.
“We are the members of FKF, FIFA wants to come and sit with us and see the best way we can sort out these issues, it’s not a big issue, I want to assure you that it will be sorted out” Nyamweya said.
Meanwhile the Federation vice president Robert Asembo says Harambee Stars could play a friendly match with either Nigeria or Seychelles next week. Asembo says a decision will be made by the end of the day.
Harambee Stars have not played any competitive match this year and Asembo says they will also come up with plans for the national team ahead of Africa cup of Nations qualifiers as well as the world cup qualifiers.