After a long and eager wait, Kogalo fans can finally get their hands on the new club jerseys. The unveiling of the Tuzo branded jerseys came on Friday July 8, just in time for the milk derby against Thika United on Sunday.
The jerseys are manufactured by Italian firm, Legea. The shirts available for sale to fans will be the exact same state-of-the-art kit as that used by the players on the pitch, giving fans the opportunity to experience and enjoy the same benefits afforded by Legea’s Tree-Tech features. The sponsorship deal also proovides training equipment and boots.
The shirts will retail for Ksh 2800, unlike the previous ones which went for Ksh 1000. This has led to an outcry amongst fans who say they are being gouged.
Worse still, it has been announced that only 10 % of the revenue from shirt sales will go to the club. 90 % will go to Tuzo. This leaves many fans wondering who actually benefits from the deal with Tuzo. Jersey sales are supposed to be an extra revenue stream for the club. The sponsor is supposed to benefit from the publicity generated via jersey sales, not directly through sales. Also, the one thing that encourages fans to buy jerseys is to support the club financially. It remains to be see how eager fans will be t0 buy jerseys when only 10% of it goes to the club.
We think Chairman Ambrose Rachier has a lot to explain regarding this deal with Tuzo.