Arsenal’s latest sponsorship deal takes hem to Kenya, which has a very large number of Gooners in their ranks. The Gunners have teamed up with SportPesa as the official betting partner in Kenya, and they will be joining together to offer club merchandise as well as tickets to go to the Emirates to see their favourite club in action.
Also they are going to be running training camps to help teach the Kenyans how to play the “Arsenal way” and they are ambitiously aiming to get a team good enough to reach the World Cup Finals. Ronald Karauri, SportPesa’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “SportPesa is dedicated to uplifting the football standards in Kenya, and we look working with Arsenal to help achieve this. It is a true testament to the commitment SportPesa has in putting player development at the forefront of any other need.
“We are committed to allocating the best resources and support to our players to help them achieve their dreams. Our aim is to see Kenya participate in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. We are also very excited for this partnership and are looking forward for greater revolution in the Kenyan football world.”
This is an extremely ambitious statement from them as the Kenyan national team has never ever qualified for the World Cup Finals. In fact they have never got past the first round of the African Nations Cup, and the last time that happened was in 2004! Arsenal’s Chief Commercial Officer, Vinai Venkatesham, said: “We are delighted to welcome SportPesa as our Official Betting Partner in Kenya. Arsenal has huge support across Africa and we look forward to engaging further with our fans in Kenya while also helping to drive the SportPesa business and, through a wide range of initiatives, the development of football in the country.”
Arsenal do a lot of these training schemes all over the world, and you never know it may be a brilliant way to discover up and coming young players. Perhaps we’ll spot the next Victor Wanyama? The Southampton midfielder is the only Kenyan playing in Europe I believe…
actually one kenyan has won the championsleague with inter before(arsenal could) and still plays in italy. We have other talents playing in europe as well. COYG
I think Ethiopians are the most passionate Arsenal fans in Africa. Go around Addis, the capital city, you only see Arsenal jersy every where. They hate man utd a lot not spuds. They don’t consider spuds as rivalry.
@Prince, I am from Ethiopia and I live in Addis. Addis Ababa is full of both Arsenal and Man Utd supporters actually and yes they hate each other so much.Both club have the highest supporter in Ethiopia than any other club in EPL. And no, you don’t only see Arsenal jersey in Addis, you see Man Utd in equal amount, next is Chelsea, Real, Barca, Liverpool take the share.And I can say that you would not see any supporter of City and Spurs, a lot of football lovers appecrciate clubs like Spurs, Everton, Southampton, Dourtmund, Swansea(Laudrup’s Swansea).
Honestly speaking Arsenal fans outnumber Manchester’s in Addis Ababa.
Mo money mo problems
Am Kenyan and I can tell you all for free – the passion for Arsenal in this country is huge!!!
Of course the last decade we have been on the receiving end for not winning major titles while Manchester clubs and Chelsea did it over and over – but we’ve hanged in there.
The first Partnership was Arsenal and Imperial Bank Kenya. I participated in that one but never got the chance to win a ticket to the Emirates.
Now its SportPesa, lets see what happens.
I might be wrong but I feel the emirates is usually not as loud as it should be and I want to come and witness for myself why, because here we shout till we cant shout no more even when we are losing!!!!!
Great news for Kenyan gooners! we are true fans of our beautiful club.
A good move by our club…hope this will also motivate u admin to come and visit zpend de malindi in malindi-kenya to see what we the gooners realy do..!
Si tuko wengi. Welcome Arsenal
All that money sportpesa have been collecting from Man U fans wameamua kupeleka Arsenal (that’s for my fellow kenyans). Admin Wanyama is not the only Kenyan playing in Europe,he is the only Kenyan playing in EPL…Mariga, brother to wanyama won UCL with inter and still play in Serie A , Oliech, Origi…all play in Europe!