African pay satellite Television giants SuperSport have pulled out of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) effective immediately.
The development was confirmed by the KPL Chairman Ambrose Rachier on Friday morning.
“SuperSport have today informed us via a letter that our contract with them is terminated. They say we violated the initial agreement by allowing two more teams into the league as was ruled by Sports Dispute Tribunal.”
The partnership deal between the two parties was estimated to be worth 300 million Kenyan Shillings per year and the current contract was to lapse in 2019 had it not been terminated.
The shocking news puts an end to a 10-year-old partnership between the South African based TV company and KPL. The broadcast deal had made the league one of the most watched leagues in Sub-Saharan Africa, behind the ABSA South African Premier Soccer League in the last one decade.
It’s such growth that also made the league a home to many Ugandan players and coaches like coach Sam Ssimbwa at Sofapaka, Paul Nkata at Bandari and George ‘Best’ Nsimbe Tusker among others.