Two rivals, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards will on May 1, Labour Day, lock horns for the Hull City Challenge at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.
The clash, a one-off battle will see the winner qualify to play the English Championship side Hull City in a friendly match that will kick off at 2 pm set for the 13th of May.
The maiden visit by Hull City looks to empower Kenyan and other local players to the world arena. The Tiger’s officials will also conduct training and coaching camps in the country.
The challenge comes shortly after the sports betting site, SportPesa made a comeback to football sponsorship after it had withdrawn following government’s decision to tax gaming companies 35 percent tax on their income. The Treasury has since yielded to pressure to reduce the tax from 35 percent to 15 percent.
According to SportPesa’s boss, Karauri, the company is looking forward welcoming Hull city to mark the return of their sponsorship.
“We are excited to expose some of the talent Gor and AFC Leopards have to this level of competition. Our partnership with Hull City is intended to benefit local players – and that is why they will also be conducting a coaching clinic and a training camp while they are here,” Karauri said.
Although Gor Mahia looks the favorites after going for eleven matches unbeaten, AFC Leopards warmed up for the ‘Hull City Challenge’ with a resolute display as they battled to earn a 2-2 draw with Vihiga United in Saturday’s lone Kenyan Premier League (KPL) fixture. Nevertheless, the last two draws by Gor should provide points for Ingwe to capitalize on.
As the two teams will give their all for the pride, statistics won’t matter much and in the end, each of them is looking to play the English tigers. During the last season, a select Kenyan Premier League side played Hull City U16 side and lost 2-1 at the KCOM Stadium.
Meanwhile, in Kasarani, the Stadium is a beehive of activity as organizers are struggling to make sure everything is in order for the friendly match in 13th. VIP tickets will retail at 300 shillings while regular tickets will cost 100 shillings at the match venue.