NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 7- Just 24 hours after completing a season double winning the Kenyan Premier league title, Tusker FC have been handed a Sh1 million cash reward by their sponsors Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL).
The team was hosted to a luncheon by the sponsors on Monday afternoon to celebrate their win in both the league and the GOtv Shield with KBL Managing Director Jane Karuku making the announcement that the players and staff will be handed the reward.
“On behalf of KBL, I would like to congratulate you on the completion of a historic season, winning both the league and cup titles, for the first time in our 47 year history. We have promised the players a Sh 1 million bonus on top of the salary bonuses in recognition of their achievements. These will be paid out at the end of the season.” Karuku said as she addressed the players at their Ruaraka headquarters in Nairobi.
Knowing only too well the burden of continental football, the MD promised the team 100% support as they seek to conquer Africa after their splendid season.
“I wish you all the best as you start your campaign on the continental stage in the CAF Champions league, on behalf of KBL, I promise that we will continue supporting you in the coming season and in the future.”
“This is only the start of our great journey as we work towards cementing Tusker FC’s place at the top of local and continental football.”
Karuku attributed the successful season to a collective plan that was set out at the beginning of the season by the players, technical bench and sponsors.
“After the last season, I must commend the technical bench and the players for the great turn around.”
“I am aware that at the beginning of the season, you set out specific targets together with the brand team and put up measures to ensure that these targets were met. I am happy to see that those measures have bore fruit,” she added.
Tusker will lift the much coveted title on the final day of the season on November 19 after their match against holders Gor Mahia.
Skipper James Situma who has been out injured since their match away to Bandari in Mombasa mid last month can’t wait to lay hold of the league title despite the fact he is stil spotting crutches.
“I am happy to be the first captain to deliver the league and cup double for Tusker FC, I could not do this alone, I am proud of the team who have worked hard throughout this season,” he said.