By Beth Nyaga
SportPesa will officially sponsor this year’s KPL Footballer of the Year Awards which will now be known as the 2016 SportPesa Premier League Awards.
KPL and SportPesa are the league title rights holders.
The Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK), Fidelity Insurance and LG are also official partners of the 2016 SportPesa Premier League Awards.
Speaking at a press conference at the Royal Tulip Canaan Nairobi Hotel on Wednesday, KPL Chairman Ambrose Rachier expressed gratitude on behalf of the league to SportPesa and the official partners for stepping up to sponsor and support the event.
“SportPesa has been on the forefront in revolutionizing sport in this country and once again we are very grateful to them for sponsoring this event. Through their sponsorship, prize money for the various categories has increased to a level which was unprecedented before and we are glad to learn that SportPesa looks forward to making the 2016 SportPesa Premier League Awards bigger and better.”
Rachier also hailed the impact of the partners in raising the standards of the league by motivating players and coaches with monthly awards.
The Chairman’s words were echoed by SportPesa CEO, Ronald Karauri, who also encouraged players to look beyond the awards and also focus on the progression of their careers.
SJAK Chairman, Chris Mbaisi, expressed his pride and that of SJAK in the role being played by them in taking Kenyan football to the level.
LG Electronics’ Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager, Maureen Kemunto, emphasized on the company’s commitment to working with other stakeholders towards improving sport in the country.
LG will give 43” TVs to winners in every category and also we will reward the first runners-up in every category with an LG Smartphone and the second runners-up in every category will walk away with a microwave from us.
FKF CEO, Robert Muthomi, also expressed his gratitude to SportPesa for joining hands with SJAK, Fidelity Insurance and LG in ensuring that players, coaches and referees earn recognition for their hard work on the pitch.