NAIROBI, Kenya, April 15 – Harambee Stars has entered into a two-year partnership with Italian manufacturers, Studio Sport, that will supply playing and training kit to the national football team for free.
The Joma brand will also be won by all teams that operate under Football Kenya Federation (FKF) with Under-20s having the privilege of using the kit first on Wednesday when they play Italian Under-18 in a friendly match at Nairobi’s Nyayo Stadium.
Speaking when signing the memorandum of understanding between FKF and Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on Tuesday, federation president, Sam Nyamweya, said the kit package comes as ‘part of the agreement between the two federations that promised to work together’.
“I want to thank the Italian federation for giving us a kit sponsor who will take care of our national football teams including the women for free.
“Today (Tuesday) we have entered into a partnership with Italy so that we can have exchange programmes. We have agreed that from the merchandise sold 50 percent will go towards the federation and clubs to support their needs,” Nyamweya announced.
“This is the re-birth of Kenyan football and one of the European countries coming to support us is a big step. We have a support from the two governments and I believe from now on our players and clubs will work in collaboration with clubs in Italy. They came with their national Under-18 team and that by itself is a testimony of commitment from Italy to FKF.
“We are serious about our national team Harambee Stars and our aim is to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations,” the FKF boss added.
Joma sales representative in Italy, Maurizio Ramacciotti, said this was one way of building a strong relationship with Kenya.
“When we decided to support this partnership with FKF, we approached it with very high quality kits under Joma brand. For the next two years all the teams and officials will be kitted for free then when the deal elapse in 2016, we will discuss a new contract.”
At the same function, FIGC vice President, Archimede Pitrolo, signed an agreement with their Kenyan counterparts that will promote and develop relationship between the two countries giving opportunity to young players improve their football skills.
“We would like to set up a very good friendship with Kenya. Italian football is way ahead compared to Kenya but we are willing to cooperate and provide skills at the same time we commit ourselves to support and develop football in your country.
“We will also exchange progmmes that will enhance our integration since we have different cultures,” the vice president assured.
The Azzuri Under-18 team arrived in the country on Monday to face Kenya Under-20 on Wednesday, a match that the host will use to prepare for their African Youth Championships return leg against Tanzania in Dar es Salaam.
Italy will then wrap up their tour in the country with a build up match against Gor Mahia Under-20 on Friday at the same venue.