NAIROBI, Kenya, April 11- Moi Girls’ Nairobi hockey and Alliance Boys’ High School basketball teams will return to the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) nationals set for Maseno next week.
The two institutions will be making their comeback to the event after a five-year hiatus during the competition that will run from April 16 to 22 at the Maseno School in Nyanza.
On Wednesday, KSSSA received Sh7m in sponsorship from Brookside Dairies, an increase of Sh500,000 from last year, with the milk firm currently negotiating to extend the partnership by another four years.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony at a Nairobi hotel, Brookside’s marketing manager Peter Wesonga pledged that the company is also seeking to introduce more disciplines in its sports sponsorship programme.
“The present position is that we pick the most talented students from football who get to join Kenya Premier League side Thika United but in future we will include the other sports beginning with basketball, then rugby and finally hockey,” he added.
KSSSA Secretary General David Ngugi lauded the firm saving costs for schools by kitting all the participating teams and upgrading of facilities including the Sh2m redevelopment of the basket ball court at Maseno School.
The parties exuded confidence that a new sponsorship package would be thrashed out with the lapse of the initial deal this year.
“We have been in partnership with KSSSA for the last seven years and have in this final year of our current agreement increased our sponsorship from 6.5 million and hope to renew the same for a further four years,” Wesonga revealed.
“We will also look into ways through which we can have the teachers and coaches of the best teams rewarded for their efforts as well as supporting the competition from the provincial levels, he further added.