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Odimtaani transforms local game

Last updated 1 month ago | By Washington Onyango

 

OdiBets unveils plan to support grassroots football via Kenya using an initiative dubbed “OdiBets Mtaani”. [Standard Sports]

Early last year, one of Kenya's leading betting firms Odibets launched a kitting programme dubbed "Odimtaani" that saw over 10,000 teams participating in the county leagues get kitted with football jerseys.

Odibets, who in 2020 came in as Harambee Star's motivational partner signed a multi-million sponsorship deal back in 2019 with Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to help develop grassroots football. 

According to Odibet’s Country Marketing Manager Aggrey Sayi, the plan was to kit all teams participating in the various county leagues and so far, the programme has been a success as its impact has been felt all over the country.

“Teams at the grassroots level had been struggling to get proper equipment and kits.”

 “With the launch of the Odimtaani initiative we were able to kit several teams and this has gone a long way into boosting and actualizing the dreams of young talented players in the country,” said Sayi as he presided over the issuing of jerseys to girls’ teams Makolanders and Kayole Starlets in Nairobi.

From Left- Country Marketing Manager Odibets Aggrey Sayi, Ibrahim Jamal CEO Toto Sports and Ghost Mule tournament organizer during Tournament Organizer the launch of Champion of Champions Tournament in Nairobi on Thursday, Aug 15, 2019. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

The tour that took place last year saw various teams benefit from the kitting programme. Teams from Central, Eastern, Western, Nyanza, and coast regions benefited as they received their jerseys and balls.

"We are in talks with FKF so that we can have a programme whereby teams and players participating in the county league may get to be awarded and feted at the end of every season thus motivating them and helping the county soccer leagues grow even bigger," said Sayi.

Late last year, Odibets offered a substantial financial boost to national football team Harambee Stars ahead of their crucial 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Comoros.

"We thank Odibets for supporting Harambee Stars especially ahead of the Comoros match. We view this as the start of good things. When corporates see the value in football, it means we are heading in the right direction," said FKF president Nick Mwendwa during the event where Odibets were named Harambee Stars' official motivational partner. 

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