Gor Mahia are among four Kenyan teams that have been invited to the inaugural Sportpesa Super cup
Online betting firm SportPesa has splashed approximately Sh6 million for the tournament tournament that will be held at the 23,000-seater Uhuru Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from June 5-11.
The eight-team tournament will involve Kenyan, Tanzania and Zanzibar teams.
The eight are : Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, champions Tusker and Nakuru All Stars will be the from Kenya.
Young African and Simba SC, and newly promoted Singida United from Tanzania and Zanzibar champions Jang’ombe Boys joining the fray.
Winners take home Ksh 2 million. Losing finalists bag Sh1 million while teams that fall at the semi-finals will pocket Sh500,000 each with those exiting the competition at the quarterfinal stage getting Sh250,000.
Speaking during the launch on Wednesday in Nairobi, SportPesa Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ronald Karauri said the tournament is part of the company’s ongoing football development initiatives in the region.
Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri says the tournament is part of Sportpesa’s plan to develop football in the region.
“For decades since the Gossage Cup was started in 1926, Kenyan and Tanzanian teams have been involved in classic football battles that have excited and captured the imaginations of their supporters at home and across Africa. SportPesa realised the need to bring back the glory days of these clubs by launching this tournament that will be held annually with Kenya hosting the second edition,” he said to the Nation.
The tourney winners will play English Premier league side Everton. Sportpesa are the new short sponsors for Everton.
CECAFA chairman Nicholas Musonye is unhappy with Sportpesa over the new tournament.
“We asked SportPesa to sponsor the two tournaments but they rejected. I am surprised that they are now sponsoring same factions that have been sabotaging Cecafa. They said they have no money but they are now running such a tournament,” a charged Musonye said to the Nation.
Of late , CECAFA has struggled to find hosts for either the senior challenge cup or the club cup. Both have been canceled in 2016 and likely will not be held in 2017.