No word yet on GOtv contract extension for Shield tourney

By alex wafula
Jun 16, 2017
  • FKF announced they will divide the 64 teams which have registered for the tournament into two zones. (SNA. File Photos)

As they enter the final year of their partnership with the Football Kenya Federation, PayTv company GOtv are yet to commit to a new partnership.

The company came on board in 2013 on a five-season contract which is set to expire after this year’s event, launched on Thursday afternoon.

Nick Mwendwa, the FKF president confirmed that not much progress has been made on the talks, but adds he is confident a deal can be reached.

The tournament which has evolved over the years from the Moi Golden Cup to the President’s Cup and now the GOtv Shield due to sponsorship will kick off on July 24.

Simon Kariithi, the GOtv General Manager was non-committal on whether or not the contract will be renewed at the end of the year.

He said the company will be re-aligning and it will be difficult to say whether or not they will commit further.

“Of course there is a financial burden and the company is realigning to see what other assets can we add to our platform to benefit our products. At the moment we don’t have a green-light on whether we can go ahead but the options are still open by end of the year we will know,” Kariithi said.

SuperSport who closed shop in Kenya earlier in the season will still broadcast the matches, though an itinery of how many will be screened is yet to be released.

At the same time, FKF announced they will divide the 64 teams which have registered for the tournament into two zones.

Lower tier teams accommodated

This, Robert Muthomi, the Secretary General said would be to allow lower tier teams with measly finances honor their games. Muthomi noted that long travels are usually draining on the smaller teams hence most give out walk overs.

All the lower tier teams will hence play their first round matches at home.

Sixty four teams have registered for the the tournament. Four Premier League teams will not participate.

Mathare United, winners of the tournament in 1998 and 2000 when it was the Moi Golden Cup will for another year not participate.

Others out of the tournament are Zoo Kericho, Muhoroni Youth and Posta Rangers.

However, Sammy Omollo, the Posta coach said the club might re-consider if an opportunity arises.

“At first we had decided not to participate then the position changed late. We have informed FKF of our intention to participate and we are waiting to see whether we will get a slot,” Omollo told Sports News Arena.

GOtv Shield Full Round of 32 full draw

Zone A: Nairobi Water vs Gor Mahia, Bigot vs Nakumatt, Wajiji FC vs Ulinzi Stars, Timsales vs Sony Sugar, Bondo United vs Nzoia Sugar, Eldoret Youth vs Nakuru All stars, Savanna Cement vs Chemelil Sugar, Transfork vs Western Stima, Bungoma Superstars vs Kariobangi Sharks, Nyakach United vs GFE 105, Poror Mote vs KCB, Rainforest vs Agro Chemical, Umoja vs Nairobi Stima, Naivas vs Kakamega Homeboys, Elim FC vs Vihiga United, Griffin vs Palos FC.

Zone B: Uweza vs Bandari, Dream Academy vs Modern Coast, Balaji FC vs Coast Stima, Young Divers vs Thika United, Taqwa vs Nairobi City Stars, Silver bullet vs Sofapaka FC, Al-Aly vs Kenpoly, Karatina Homeboyz vs Administration Police, Peter Kenneth vs Wazito, Muranga All Stars vs Bidco United, Dero FC vs AFC Leopards, Tandaza FC vs Zetech University , Avantgarde FC vs Ushuru FC, SS Asad vs Tusker FC, Mwatate United vs Kenya Police, Butterfly FC vs Leysa.