BetKing deal does not ‘exist’, Mwendwa is just on a campaign trail: Shimanyula

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 19:07 |
Cleophas Shimanyula Kakamega Homeboyz FC Club Chairman. Photo/David Ndolo

Peter Sagini

Kenyan Premier League side Kakamega Homeboyz chairman Cleophas Shimanyula has alleged that the historical Sh 1.2 billion BetKing mega deal that is set to run for the next five years could just be a pipe dream.

Speaking on the eve of a crunch meeting between Football Kenya Federation (FKF) chiefs and the chairmen of the teams taking part in KPL, Shimanyula said the ploy was to hoodwink Kenyans Mwendwa meant well for local football, for him to be elected and later throw the blame to the government for not allowing the Nigerian betting firm to operate in the country.

“I can assure Kenyans that there is no existing deal with BetKing. From my investigations I have learned that Mwendwa plans to give each KPL club Sh 500,000 so that he can get votes to win the forthcoming elections and immediately after winning the second term, he will come out to say that he had sealed the BetKing deal, but the government's strict rules on betting firms made the firm shy away. Some people may fall into the trap, but not me,” said Shimanyula.

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