Pay-TV Company StarTimes has secured the broadcast and media rights to the Kenya first division league after agreeing to a seven-year deal with the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) starting with the 2020/21 season.
According to FKF President Nick Mwendwa, the deal will see StarTimes DTV air all matches in the top-flight, national teams, both men and women, and also 30 matches from the lower-tier league.
There will also be at least one game on the free-to-air channel of choice every weekend.
Startimes who also acquired the rights to broadcast the Uganda Premier League for the next ten years will work with the FKF who took over the management of the now FKF Premier League after their contract with the Kenya Premier League (KPL) expired on September 24 at an estimated 1.1million US dollars.
The KPL had been running Kenya’s Premier League (KPL) since 2003 when it was formed to curb the constant wrangles between the Federation and the top-tier clubs.
The Kenya Premier League was taken off the air at the start of last season after South African-based pay-TV company SuperSport withdrew from airing the matches citing breach of contract.
This followed FKF’s new boss Mwendwa’s move that saw the number of top-flight league teams increased from 16 to 18 teams.
The move according to SuperSport was not in the contract and therefore decided to walk away.
According to sources close to Kandanda House who sought anonymity, the deal is yet to be officially announced but a press conference to pronounce the development in being planned.