Ng’ombe fencing wire has returned as the shirt sponsors of Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Mathare United. The club’s Chief Executive Officer Jacktone Obura confided to People Sport that the firm has been supporting the club financially for the last couple of months after betting firm Betway withdrew facilitation early this year due to the contentious decision by the government to increase taxes on all betting and gaming platforms in the country.
However, Obura clarified that the partnership with Ng’ombe is a stop-gap measure and that the team is still seeking a long-term sponsorship whose details will be made public once the deal is done.
“Ng’ombe has come on board merely because of our good relationship with them. They have taken care of the club financially in the past which is commendable and hopefully, the current partnership will be in the long term. But the doors are still open for other prospective sponsors,” said Obura.
The development at Mathare comes in the wake of the jerseys they have been donning lately in the league and which are emblazoned with the logo of Ng’ombe.
This was the same identity the team used in 1998 and 2008 before the firm withdrew sponsorship, paving way for insurance company Britam shortly after. Britam and Mathare then parted ways due to what was described as poor cash flow by the company after which they secured a multimillion shilling sponsorship from Betway.
Meanwhile, Obura has described Mathare’s current alluring form to good planning by the management coupled with sound transition of players from the Under-20 to the senior team.
“The team which won the KPL Under-20 title in 2016 served as good feeder to the senior team. We also retained a good number of players in the senior ranks which was healthy for continuity and I’m not surprised that the team is doing well in the national league,” said Obura. New signings have provided Mathare coach Francis Kimanzi with a lot of options in the playing unit.