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Star Times splash Sh498.5m for Harambee

STARS-BOTSWANANAIROBI, July 2 – Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has entered into a five-year partnership with pay television company StarTimes worth Sh496.5m (USD5m).

The deal will see the firm acquire broadcast rights for all  national teams until 2019 with the exemption of FIFA World Cup, Afcon qualifiers and CHAN finals that are owned by SportFive.

Sh297.9m (USD 3m) will go towards broadcast while Sh198.9m (USD2m) is set aside for the kit of all national teams.

Speaking when launching the partnership on Thursday, StarTimes Sports Director, Gary Rathbone said they will only broadcast international friendlies, Olympics qualifiers and CHAN preliminaries.

“Our main focus is to develop football in Kenya. We are investing in Harambee Stars to help the team succeed. We will broadcast Saturday’s CHAN first round return leg against Ethiopia which will be available in Sports Focus channel.

“We have signed a deal with the federation and not an individual so if Nyamweya will be there or not we will still have the deal and we will be very careful to see the money goes to right places,” Rathbone declared.

“We dealt directly with FKF’s agents MP& Silva so it was up to the chairman to take the deal to the NEC members for approval. Our intention is to broadcast at least 15 matches a year,” he added.

However, FKF will be in violation of CAF broadcast rights should Saturday’s 2016 CHAN first round qualifier against Ethiopia be televised StarTimes.

In a letter dated July 1 from CAF addressed to FKF secretary general, Michael Esakwa, the continental body spells out the scope of all broadcast rights pertaining to their sanctioned competitions and qualifying matches stressing any other agreement is contrary to the agreement signed by member nations.

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But FKF president, Sam Nyamweya said they have not violated any CAF or FIFA broadcast rights.

“We know exactly what we are doing, we know what we own. StarTimes is one of the largest cooperates and they know their line. They are not going to pop into other people’s life.

“The national team is not about Sam Nyamweya or Robert Asembo (vice president), the national team belongs to Kenya and we are not going to stop our mandate of supporting our national team,” he stressed.

Nyamweya further said the federation will negotiate with FIFA and CAF to acquire the rights that will see their media partner televise World Cup and Afcon qualifiers.

“We will still negotiate with FIFA and CAF on the other qualifications because we are members, hope they will give us a leeway to move further than the sponsorship that we have now,” Nyamweya added.

Despite Nyamweya announcing the deal also includes Cecafa broadcast rights, Rathbone moved swiftly to clarify, saying they don’t have the rights since pay television SuperSport had signed a long term deal with the regional body.

“That deal is locked up with SuperSport but let’s see what will happen after the deal ends. I was the one who got the deal for SuperSport so I would like to have it back,” Rathbone, who was SuperSport head of Africa before resigning in 2012 told Capital Sport.


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  1. Carolynar

    July 4, 2012 at 8:34 am

    This is sad news .

  2. Mike

    July 4, 2012 at 8:52 am

    very sad, and six more lost their lives just yesterday at machakos junction

  3. Larry Masika

    July 4, 2012 at 8:54 am


  4. JK

    July 4, 2012 at 9:13 am

    very sad indeed!

  5. Liz

    July 4, 2012 at 9:27 am

    This news brought some few chills in me since my mum works in kilifi and she had left nairobi yesternight with the 10pm bus. i couldnt just assume that she’s okay since that’s the main road she uses from mombasa to her workplace…luckily, she reached safely and even much earlier than the reported time of accident. Thank you God and RIP to the victims..Kenya is losing a lot of lives through road accidents.

  6. w33_dx

    July 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

    The motorbikes related mortallity is on the increase in the worst ways. Most killed are of age 30and below and things get nastier that even the national hospital is denying motorbikes victims admission coz they are overwhelming wards not even meant for such victims. Someone do something about the bikes.

  7. bek1988

    July 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Most accidents in Kenya caused by human error; This ranges from faulty m/vehicles, reckless and indisciplined drivers and suicidal tendencies inherent in a Kenyan. How do you explain a driver overtaking 10 vehicles against oncoming traffic? A short distance later you encounter the rogue driver (that is if he survives) sipping beer!

    Lets stop blaming God and the devil for our recklessness. Let’s start by adhering to road safety rules and exercising courtesy and patience on the road.

  8. kiasi2

    July 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    most accidents nowadays involve ‘trucks’ how come?

    • Godfrey Kimega

      July 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Because the railway has had so many problems that most transporters in the region prefer to use trucks.

  9. Ma'Ev

    July 5, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Oh God…this is really sad.How shall we ever get a grip on these accidents!!
    May their souls rest in peace

  10. onuong'a

    July 5, 2012 at 6:43 am

    it’s time we use new tacts to cab this tragic scenes appearing in our screens each en every day, licensing should b to the qualified and confirmed drivers,this is so sad.

  11. Emmaculate Nthenge

    July 5, 2012 at 7:06 am

    My fellow Kenyans life is precious and beautiful let no hurry with no blessing bring ur life span short.Let take Gud care of uourselves lets follow the traffic rules let us be carefull when driving because children are being left orphans, wife widows and many other things left down.When we do dat we are saving our children and our future generation to come.

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