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StarTimes deal provides cash injection for Football Kenya Federation

Pan-African pay-television operator StarTimes has signed a five-year rights deal with the Football Kenya Federation, according to the StandardMedia.co.ke website.

The agreement commences immediately and will run until 2019. It covers the Kenyan national team’s games and Standard Media said it will be worth Sh270m (€2.57m/$2.71m) to the FKF.

The deal has been brokered by the federation’s commercial partner, the MP & Silva agency. FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya said the contract will bring an end to the financial problems the federation has been suffering.

He said: “The deal is only for the television rights for the team. There is still room for more sponsors and therefore more money for the team. The problems we have had in the past will be no more and now we can concentrate on taking part in upcoming international tournaments.”

Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama (pictured) is Kenya’s current star player.