By Emmaline Owuor
The 2019 KothBiro football tournament winners have finally been awarded their prize money a year after completing the tournament.
The winners had their prize moneys delayed after SportPesa the official sponsors of the tourney in 2019 closed offices in Kenya.
The football tournament which has been running for more than 10 years has never had an issue of not awarding their winners.
In August 2019, the betting company issued an official statement that it was cancelling all local sport sponsorship.
This is after a claim by the government that the betting company have not been paying their Taxes and their company license was at a verge of being revoked.
Speaking to Ghetto Radio, Paul Ojenge one of the Koth Biro officials appreciated SportPesa’s move to honour its promise to the clubs.
Ojenge says that the fulfillment of the promise has helped SportPesa clear the tourney’s name that they had embezzled funds.
“I want to thank the SportPesa team for giving us the cash regardless the situation that they are passing through. We as the Koth Biro team have depended on their sponsorship for the smooth running of the tournament. We want to thank those who were patient with us and supported us,” said Ojenge.
According to Ojenge football foundation starts in the grassroots and the reward from SportPesa is not taken lightly.
“Kenyan Premium League, GorMahia have not been awarded their four million shillings but they have awarded us as KothBiro. This shows that they love us and know the foundation of football that people have ignored,” added Ojenge.
SportPesa has sponsored a lot of sporting teams including football teams like, GorMahia and AFC Leopards; rugby teams and also the famous Kenyan Boxer Zarika.