The free to Air Television Bamba Sports is set to exit Kenyan football soon.
Bamba, which has been broadcasting National Super League (NSL) matches signed a three year deal with Football Kenya Federation (FKF) in 2017 at a cost of ksh 10 million per year.
Speaking during the FKF Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Safari Park Hotel earlier on Saturday, President Nick Mwendwa confirmed the development calling for unity among stakeholders during the current financial crisis in Kenyan football.
“Bamba have indicated that they want to exit the NSL. With the exit of gambling firms, most businesses have been hurt and Bamba’s decision is also an economical one because of the ripple effect,” said Mwendwa
“Teams in the KPL and NSL are struggling financially. The federation itself is also in problems but it is always dark before the day. The financial challenges now call on us as football stakeholders to come together and find a solution. We have to be very creative in how we package our football for sale now. I have written to the Ministry of Sport twice asking them to support the clubs but nothing has happened yet,” he added.
The withdrawal of Bamba from the NSL comes just a day after Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Chief Executive Jack Oguda hinted that the top tier could be halted amid a biting financial crisis following the exit of SportPesa as title sponsors
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