Tanzania to host SportPesa Super Cup in January
The third edition of the SportPesa Super Cup will be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from January 22-27 with two new teams set to make their debut. KPL side Bandari FC will join Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and Kariobangi Sharks while Tanzania’s Mbao FC join giants Simba and Yanga SC as well as Singida United.
The two replace Kakamega Hombeoyz and Zanzibar’s JKU who played in the tournament held in Nakuru, Kenya in May.
“We appreciate this opportunity which is very good for our team where 80 per cent of the players are young with an average age of 23. It will be a good exposure for them for they are the ones that put in all their effort to get us to number two in the last SPL season,” Bandari Chief Executive Edward Oduor said.
Gor Mahia have won both editions of the tournament, the first held in Dar es Salaam last year and this year’s in Nakuru. Just as has been the case, the winner of the tournament will face English premier League side Everton FC in a friendly.
If a Kenyan team wins the tournament, then the friendly will be played in Nairobi while Dar will host the game for the second consecutive time if a Tanzanian team wins.
“This tournament is geared at exposing the local talent to give our players a chance to be scouted as well as play with the best in the region to improve their careers and skills. We are delighted to welcome two new teams, Mbao and Bandari to the tournament,” said SportPesa Chief Marketing Officer Kelvin Twissa