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Governor Sakaja launches multimillion 340-team Sakaja Super Cup

By Winnie Mabel September 28th, 2023 2 min read

The Sakaja Super Cup is set to kick off on September 30, 2023, across the 17 sub-counties in Nairobi County. In his announcement, Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja revealed that the Super Cup will feature  340 teams and thousands of youth.

Speaking yesterday at Nairobi City Hall, the Governor said this was a dream come true for him as he assured Nairobi youth that he would support different sports disciplines to give them opportunities to earn a living from their talents.

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“I was gracefully elected the Governor of Nairobi, and I want to pledge that I will work to support sports at all levels because our youths have great talents which can change their lives. I know thousands of youths will benefit from this tournament, and the Sakaja Foundation will also support other sports, not only football,” said Governor Sakaja.

The Sakaja Super Cup tournament will run for three months until the December 16, 2023 finals. The winners will take home Sh 3 million in prize money, while the second and third runners-up will pocket Sh 2 million and Sh 1 million, respectively.

During the tournament, scouts will actively seek out and engage with talented players, paving ways for them to get opportunities to travel abroad for the advancement of their football careers.

Tournament Director Osman Khalif further revealed that the Sakaja Foundation set aside a rich kitty towards awarding the winners in the ladies’ category, individual good performers and the most decorated and organized fan bases also getting cash rewards.

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“This cup is organized by the Sakaja Foundation, which was started in October 2017, and we will have very competitive prizes for the winners, so I call on all teams to prepare for battle,” Osman said.

For these categories, Governor Sakaja said this of the prize winnings, “In the ladies category, winners will take home prize money of 1 million shillings, runners up, 500,000 shillings and the third-placed team getting 250,000 shillings.

Besides awarding the top scorers, best goalkeeper, most valuable player and most promising player, teams with the most decorated and organized fan bases will get Sh 300,000 for the winners, Sh 200,000 for the second-placed and Sh 100,000 for the third-placed fan bases.”

Football Kenya Federation’s Chief Executive Officer Barry Otieno also pledged Sh 100,000 to the best sub-county coordinator.

The tournament will be played across several sports facilities in the county, including grabbed government land. Teams were already polled by sub-county from where the group winners will advance to the knockout stages, meaning that teams from the same sub-county will not meet in the knockouts.

“Sports can unite people, so let us use this tournament to bring back the spirit of Nairobi, where we have no tribal lines. This Super Cup is for all Nairobians,” added Governor Sakaja.

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