- Gor Mahia signed a three-year partnership with SportPesa on Friday 23 September worth KSh 80 million per season
- Karauri confirmed that Gor will top the KPL table after the sponsorship deal
- The CEO noted that Gor rose through the ranks as a club in Africa during their initial partnership
Ronald Karauri, CEO of gaming giant SportPesa, expressed confidence that Kenya Premier League heavyweights Gor Mahia will put in an excellent performance next season.
This comes after the club signed a three-year partnership with the renowned betting company worth KSh 80 million per season in a colorful event on Friday 23 September.
As part of the partnership, SportPesa will fully outfit the first team and technical bench.
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The gaming company also covers health insurance costs for club players and covers the team’s travel and accommodation expenses when they compete in African inter-club competitions.
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Gor Mahia at the top of the table
During the event at the Sarit Center in Nairobi, Captain Karauri said that they renewed their partnership with Gor (return home) because of the good relationship the two entities had in the past.
The CEO noted that Gor rose through the ranks as a club in Africa during their initial partnership.
However, he regretted that the situation at the club was never the same after their contract was terminated due to a tax dispute with the government.
“When we started our partnership with Kenyan sides, Gor was the biggest beneficiary and by the time we were done in terms of ranking for Gor Mahia as a club in Africa, it had come a long way,” Karauri said.
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Nonetheless, Karauri, who is also a Kasarani MP, said he believes the renewal of the partnership is the start of bringing Gor up to its highest standards.
He confirmed that Gor will top the KPL chart after the sponsorship deal.
“I’m sure Gor Mahia will be at the top of the table when the KPL resumes, I’m 100% sure of that. For me it means reassuring the club that we as SportPesa will support him and make sure that bring it back to the level it was before,” he added.
Achievements in Gor
Also, Karauri reminisced about the good old days before they ended their partnership and said they accomplished a lot.
“It’s hard to talk about Gor Mahia without going back to history but one thing is for sure, what we’ve achieved with this club in the past I don’t think has been achieved in Kenya,” said Karauri.
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Highlights of the sponsorship at the time include Gor being a two-time SportPesa Super Cup winner which allowed them to play a friendly against English club Hull City in May 2018.
Unfortunately, the club lost on penalties but made history when Hull became the first English Premier League team to play a game on Kenyan soil.
Also in November 2018, thanks to SportPesa, Gor traveled to the UK where they played Everton at Goodison Park but lost 4-0.
This was the second time the 19-time KPL winners had played against Everton after losing 2-1 to the Toffees in Dar es Saalam.
Eventually, Karauri called on sports management in Kenya to resolve their disputes so that KPL could resume.
“We’re looking forward to the start of the league and hope management will resolve any disputes so football can continue,” he said.
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