Extreme Sports Limited, the founders of the Super 8 Premier League and Division One are confident of a successful 2018 season despite the withdrawal of their title sponsors SportPesa.
The lucrative grassroots league is scheduled to kick off on March 17 with all teams seeking to put up a good show as they battle for the title which comes with Sh500,000 prize.
SportPesa withdrew their sponsorship after the government failed to reduce their 35 per cent tax imposed on betting firms in the country but Extreme Sports is putting up a brave face. “We are committed to raising over Sh1.2 million for the winners of both leagues.
SportPesa’s withdrawal has left a deficit in our 2018 budget but we are working extra hard to secure a new title partner,” said Extreme Sports founder Hussein Mohammed. He added: “For 14 years, Extreme Sports has been committed to sports development at the grassroots and in that period, we have had many challenges but our prime goal is to continue empowering the youth through football.”
This season promises to be a tough one for all teams especially 2017 champions Kawangware United who are hoping to retain their title. The west conference side won the title after collecting 66 points to lead the 16-team log but former champions Kayole Asubuhi, from Embakasi, are expected to provide tough competition after finishing a disappointing seventh last season.
Zamalek FC from Kasarani and Ngando Youth Association (NYSA) FC from Dagoretti, who finished third and fourth respectively, are also teams to watch alongside Eastland’s powerhouse Jericho FC from Makadara.