Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards will faceoff next Tuesday at Afraha Stadiun in Nakuru with the victor playing English Football league championship side Hull City on May 13 at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
"Despite the economic policy setbacks we have suffered over the past few months, we remain committed to supporting local sports as much as we can to get Kenya where it should be, among the great football nations of the world". "It is not tenable for us to provide what we were providing before and we had to look at what we are able to sustain in the long run", SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri said.
Betting firm SportPesa has announced a return to sponsoring sports in the country, but will only splash their cash on football for a period of three years, dropping their previous associations with rugby, boxing and rallying.
Gor Mahia who will have a bumper calendar participating in the CAF Confederations Cup will be sponsored to the tune of Sh198.6mn while their arch rivals AFC Leopards will earn a sponsorship of Sh156.4mn both over three years.
Football Kenya Federation has entered a three-year partnership with the company, the goal being to improve the standards of local football. "We want to be part of it and we want to be able to see what we can help with when the federations come to us for help after they sign the deals", Kaberia said.
The official announcement and other details of Hull City's tour will be announced by SportPesa officials in Nairobi on Monday.
The visit by the team which plays in the Championship league in the United Kingdom is aimed at exposing local players to global competition and increasing their exposure on the world football scene.
Hull City will be touring Kenya for several activities, including a friendly with the victor of the Afraha battle. The victor will book a date with the Nigel Adkins-led side.
The All-Stars team was made up of 18 top players picked from various Kenyan Premier League clubs.
"Our partnership with Hull City is meant to benefit local players and that's why they will also be conducting a coaching clinic and a training camp while here", Karauri said on Monday. "I'm very honored to be the first Coach to bring the team to Africa".
Meanwhile, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards will lock horns in the Hull City Challenge at Afraha Stadium on May 13 to determine the winning team to play against the EFL Championship side Hull City.