Mathare United sign Ksh20 million shirt deal with gaming firm
- Mathare have operated on a shoe-string budget in the last three seasons leading to high turn-over of players and it remains to be seen if the partnership with the betting firm will help turnaround their fortunes on the pitch.
FKF Premier League side Mathare United on Tuesday unveiled a one year shirt sponsorship deal with their new partners, a gaming firm.
The deal which run through to the end of the 2020/21 season is worth Ksh20 million. The ”Slum Boys” had a similar package with another gaming firm, which expired last month.
Mathare have operated on a shoe-string budget in the last three seasons leading to high turn-over of players and it remains to be seen if the partnership with the betting firm will help turnaround their fortunes on the pitch.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Mathare United founder Bob Munro expressed his delight at the deal noting that it will inject stability into the club.
“This will improve terms for our players and the technical bench, the season has started and we want to compete for the title,” he said.
Team captain Crispin Oduor believes they can at least challenge for the league title thanks to the addition of experienced players under head coach Salim Ali.
“I believe this is our season, we have new players; most of them are returnees, full of experience, we want to challenge for the title,” the captain told Citizen Digital.
The new deal comes in the backdrop of a push and pull war with the federation over broadcast rights of the team’s matches and the league at large, following an FKF-League broadcast deal signed between the federation and Chinese firm StarTimes.
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