Nairobi City Stars CEO Patrick Korir was on Wednesday 5 February 2020 elected to deputise Nairobi Stima chair Johnstone Sakwa as the Vice Chair of the Betika National Super League (NSL).
This was during the first NSL Council Meeting of the year where the main agenda was election.
Sakwa was elected to take over a vacuum left by his predecessor Vincent Onyango. Bidco United secretary Geoffrey Misango maintained his position as the Council Secretary as Kibera Black Stars’ Daniel Magara was voted in to be his understudy.
“We had a fruitful consultative meeting for NSL clubs, the main agenda being elections for the new office bearers. We have also had discussions on how to improve our league, and make it better to attract even more partnerships,” said NSL Governing Council Vice Chairman Patrick Korir.
“I must thank the Federation for finding us the partner. We have had discussions on how we can find even more partnerships because the quality in our product is there for all to see,” said NSL Governing Council Assistant Secretary Daniel Magara.
To help improve the commercial appeal of the NSL, a Marketing committee was put in place. It will be headed by Korir and will have Ushuru FC Chair Stephen Mathenge as a member.
“The image of the league needs to improve and we will start will minimal steps such as activate what can otherwise be ignored – social media. We have asked clubs to do the bare minimum in this front and build it up going forward. This way the current sponsors, and would be sponsors, can see a value of their investment as the commercial appeal of the league exponentially grows.” he said
Relating to that front Branding issues were addressed and going forward NSL clubs were asked to upscale the image of the league by putting appropriate club banners and their associated sponsors, as well as that of the current sponsors Betika to separate the league from “local leagues”.
“This will be of utmost importance as the league will face lift and have a professional outlook.” said Frank Ogola, the head of Leagues and Competitions at FKF.
Away from elections of new office bearers, other issues were tackled top most being level of officiating and playing surfaces.
“These issues have duly been noted and will be addressed in full by the appropriate committees.” said FKF CEO Barry Otieno who also attended the meeting
Joining the NSL Governing Council were the chair of Migori Youth Abdi Aziz and APS Bomet Secretary Rose Chemutai and long serving Modern Coast Rangers Secretary Ferdinand Ogot.
New NSL Governing Council
Chair; Johnstone Sakwa (Nairobi Stima)
Vice Chair; Patrick Korir (Nairobi City Stars)
Secretary; Geoffrey Misango (Bidco United)
Deputy Secretary; David Magara (Kibera BlackStars)
Members; Ferdinand Ogot (Modern Coast Rangers), Rose Chemutai (AP Bomet)
Marketing Committee; Patrick Korir (Nairobi Stima), Stephen Mathenge (Ushuru FC)