The Star (Nairobi)

22 February 2013

Kenya: All Set for Duel

For a second successive year, the Kenyan football season gets under way with reigning Tusker Premier League champions Tusker facing off with FKF cup winners Gor Mahia in the SuperSport/DStv Cup at Nyayo National Stadium.

Fresh from doing exemplary duty as fourth official in the just concluded African cup of nations referee Silvester Kirwa will officiate the match assisted by Jane Cherono and Gilbert cheruiyot.

Sponsors of the Super Cup, SuperSport have confirmed that, just like last year when the brewers prevailed over Kogallo by winning 4-1 on post match penalties, the winners will pocket Sh750,000 while the runners-up will take home Sh500,000.

The five-year-old traditional curtain raiser marks the start of the league and will be followed by a KPL double header on Sunday as KCB take on City Stars from 2pm followed by Sofapaka against Thika United live from City Stadium.

"We have confidence in the Kenyan Premier League and hopefully, we will see another exciting season as last year with incredible levels of drama and thrill. Sponsorships should increase as the league is now very competitive with lots of opportunities for sponsors," said SuperSport's Head of Africa Andre Venter.

Started in 2009, the SuperSport/DStv Cup acts as a barometer of how ready the two top teams in the country are prepared for the season.

"The SuperSport/DStv Cup is the traditional season opener and both SuperSport and DStv are proud to sponsor it. When we took over KPL, this was our first sponsorship and we have made it the traditional event similar to what is held across major leagues in the world," said Auka Gecheo, SuperSport East Africa general manager.

Gecheo added that this year will see the Tusker versus Gor clash produced in full high definition."We are producing in full HD quality as we give you a taste of what is in store for the season which starts the following day and after the excitement of the last day of last season."

Tusker prepared for the curtain raiser with a comfortable come form behind 4-1 drubbing of hosts St. Michel United of Seychelles in the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League while Gor were frustrated by a goal-less draw against Anse reunion also from Seychelles.

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