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Title sponsors Tusker throw weight behind KPL in league row

Kenyan Premier League title sponsors Tusker on Thursday clarified their stance on the row between Football Kenyan Federation (FKF) and Kenyan Premier League (KPL) by stating that their contract with KPL still holds, and that they will remain committed to supporting the growth of the game through KPL.

Tusker’s Marketing Manager Arianne Okong’o said that the brand still has a contract with the league body, and that they will maintain the warm relationship they have enjoyed over the years.

“We have had a cordial relationship with KPL and we have a contract with them which is still running so I believe we will continue cultivating that partnership,” she said.

Tusker’s reaction comes in the wake off an imminent fallout between FKF and KPL that is likely to result into two parallel leagues next season.

KPL and FKF released press statements on Wednesday afternoon each giving a separate league kick off date and different modalities.

CASH REWARD

Okong’o was speaking during the Tusker Jenga Game handover ceremony at a Nairobi hotel where the 16 premier league teams received cash rewards of varied amounts realized from the just concluded Tusker Jenga Game Promotion.

During the Jenga Game campaign, each football and rugby national league teams was assigned a specific code which fans were required to send alongside the numbers on the back of the beer bottle tops, at a fee.

Tusker FC received a whopping Sh 704, 950, followed by Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards who received Sh 584, 912 and Sh 547, 840 respectively.

Sofapaka followed in the pecking order with Sh 142, 090 with KCB being the fourth highest earners from the promotion with Sh 132, 256.

The Jenga Game campaign was conceived in October last year and was designed to stimulate grassroots support of the game across the country by offering Kenyan rugby and football fans an opportunity to offer direct financial support to their favorite teams.