Kenya Premier League title sponsor SportPesa embarked on a massive marketing drive for the league in Mombasa ahead of the new season kick off tomorrow.
League winners Gor Mahia will take on Mombasa-based Bandari FC, ranked second in the 2017/2018 season which ended in the first week of October 2018.
To drum up support for the league and achieve a huge fan turnout, SportPesa has pitched camp in Mombasa since Monday December 3, marketing various football initiatives in conjunction with the Mombasa County Sports Ministry.
Bandari Coach Bernard Mwalala called on more sponsors to take cue from SportPesa and support football clubs in the league to even the playing ground.
“I would like to see all clubs get good sponsorship so that when we are in the pitch we are all equal,” commented Mwalala.
Bandari FC Captain Felly Mulumba is confident that his teammates will deliver as they begin their quest to better their best ever league performance last season.
Mulumba expressed belief in Bandari as they prepare to launch their SportPesa Premier League (SPL) campaign against Gor Mahia FC at Mbaraki Sports Club at 3PM (+3 GMT) on Saturday, December 8.
“We have a good team and with the work we have put in during pre-season, we just have to do our best and God will do the rest,” Mulumba said after training at Mombasa’s Mbaraki Grounds this morning.
Bandari finished behind league winners Gor last season, their best ever performance in the Kenyan top flight.
“We respect Gor but we do not fear them,”added Mulumba who vowed that Bandari will play its part to make the league exciting.
As part of the initiatives to grow love and support for football, SportPesa honoured eight Bandari FC players and their grassroot clubs by distributing training kits for the teams under the Kits for Africa initiative.
Bandari FC’s Wycliffe Ochomo whose club Congo Boys was one of the beneficiaries of the kits distribution programme thanked SportPesa partners for the project terming it very helpful.
“Many upcoming clubs struggle with kits for training and if you have to use the right gear people normally share which is not recommended. I am glad that through Kits for Africa these players will get the chance to train with proper attire,” said a delighted Ochomo.