Sports betting company SportPesa has made its name not only as one of East Africa’s leading sponsors of football, but it has also entered the English Premier League, which is the most watched football league in the world.
England’s Hull City and recently Everton FC are now on the growing list of football clubs that are being sponsored by SportPesa. To make its presence in the region felt even more, the betting company has just launched a new tournament dubbed SportPesa Super Cup. The inaugural tournament will kick off on June 5 and go all the way to June 11. The matches will be played in Tanzania’s Uhuru Stadium, which is in the capital of Dar es Salaam.
The winner of the knock-out tournament will bag an impressive Ksh 3 million. Four Kenyan clubs have been named to take part in the tournament, which also includes four others from the host nation. Archrivals Gor Mahia FC and AFC Leopards will be joined by 2016 Kenyan Premier League champions Tusker FC and Nakuru All Stars in representing Kenya.
The four will be paired against Tanzania’s current Vodacom champions Yanga FC and their close rivals Simba SC as well as Zanzibar’s Singida United and Jang’ombe Boys FC. The first fixture will see Singida play against AFC Leopards and later on Yanga will come against Tusker in a mouth-watering clash. Other matches will see Simba SC face off against Nakuru All Stars while Jang’ombe will take on Gor Mahia at the same venue.
At the time of unveiling the SportPesa Super Cup tournament, the betting company’s CEO Ronald Karauri said that the winner will play against “a famous English Premier League side on July 13.” Well, apparently, this team is Everton FC.
— Everton (@Everton) May 25, 2017
The Premier League side has taken to its official website to confirm that it will be the first EPL team to set foot in Tanzania. During its visit, Everton FC will play against the winner of the Super Cup, which could see any of the four Kenyan teams go against the English heavyweights. According to Everton, this match will be played at the 60,000-capacity National Stadium in Dar, but the kick-off time has yet to be confirmed.