The ninth edition of the Super 8 soccer tournament will comprise of three tiers, the organizers have announced.
According to the organizers, the three tiers will be the Super 8 League, Sportpesa Super 8 Division 1 and the Sportpesa Super 8 soccer which is the entry point of the league.
Super 8 tournament is an annual competition whereby teams from two regions that is East and West of Nairobi battle it out for top honors.
On Tuesday January 12 at a hotel in Nairobi, Extreme Sports who are the organizers of the competition which started in 2005, revealed a partnership deal with sports betting firm Sportpesa that will facilitate the trio competition to a tune of Ksh 35 million.
Speaking at the event, Extreme Sports Chief boss Hussein Mohammed, said, “Tapping from our experience in running the Super 8 tournaments, we are pleased to venture into new frontiers with the Super 8 Soccer League.
We are also delighted to receive boost from a leading sport betting company that shares in our vision of enriching the lives of the youth.”
“As such, we have created the Super 8 League which will see the established teams move to other levels thus free up the soccer tournament for what it was initially supposed to achieve – unlocking new talent,” he quipped.
In this year’s revamped edition, tier one being the SportPesa Super 8 Premier league Nairobi County, which is the main league comprising of 16 teams playing home and away matches.
This is where the teams from the east and west will battle it out for the cup and the bottom three teams will face relegation.
Tier two (Sportpesa Super 8 Division 1) will contain 16 teams which will play home and away matches. Subsequently, top 3 teams will then be promoted to the main league while the bottom four teams are relegated.
On the other hand, tier three is the SportPesa Super 8 soccer tournament is open to unlimited teams and is played on a knock out basis with the top four teams being promoted to division 1.
Last year, Technical University of Kenya (TUK) lifted the coveted Super 8 crown and this year 108 clubs from all 8 regions of Nairobi which constitutes of Emabakasi, Kasarani, Kamukunji and Makadara in the East and Langata, Starehe, Westlands and Dagoretti in the West.
The top team will walk away with Ksh 1m while runners up will pocket Ksh 500,000 and the third place will bag ksh 250,000 in addition to the ksh 10,000 remuneration fee that each team will benefit each month plus football kits.
Applauding the ascension of Super 8 to league status, Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri said, “As the leading sports betting platform, we are pleased to be the title sponsors of Super 8 League’s premier season.
We are happy to offer services that enrich sports enthusiasts as well as promote local football talent and empower the youths on social issues.”
The organizers said that the league’s aim is to build, nurture and reward talent amongst the youth, in a bid to tackle the youth unemployment challenge in the country and is scheduled to kick-off on February 7th.