Kenya Power Charity Cup is an annual football tournament that is a contest between 4 Kenya Premier League and Division One teams as selected by fans in a voting system. The whole purpose of the Charity Cup, much like the Community Shield in English Football, is to raise money that will in turn be distributed to community-based sporting initiatives to encourage and promote sport as a healthy means of livelihood among the youth.
The first Kenya Power Charity Cup event was held on 2nd February 2103 and due to its success – through cemented partnerships with the Kenya Red Cross, Deloitte &Touche, Kenya Football Federation, Kenya Premier League and of course Kenya Power –it was able to attain the status of one of the most important events in the Kenyan football calendar. It raised a total sum of Ksh. 5,626,445.80 and some of the notable projects that the money was used for include:
- Lighting City Stadium
- New football pitch in Kawangware
- Social Halls in Dandora
During the launch of this year’s Charity Cup back in October 2013, a groundbreaking ceremony at Kawangware Sports Ground attended by Nairobi County Govenor Dr. Evans Kidero and Kenya Power MD and CEO Dr. Ben Chumo (below), the event had the promise to be bigger, better and hopefully have more impact than the last one.
2013 saw 4 teams with the most active fan base participate in the cup and those were: Gor Mahia FC, Sofapaka FC, Western Stima FC and Mathare United FC – with SOFAPAKA FC emerging as the Charity Cup winners.
In the next Charity Cup set for 2nd February 2014, the winning team gets to take home Ksh. 1, 000,000, the second runner up takes home Ksh. 600,000 while the third team will get to keep Ksh. 300,000.
May the best team win!