The Star (Kenya)

Malkia Strik­ers set to part­ner Playa­bet

- BY MESHACK KISENGE/ Sports · Florida Strikers

The na­tional women‘s vol­ley­ball team Malkia Strik­ers could be headed for a bumper har­vest ahead of the much awaited re­turn to ac­tion as bet­ting firm, Playa­bet is seek­ing to part­ner with them

The firm,mo­ments af­ter launch­ing its op­er­a­tions early this week, said they had been en­tan­gled in ne­go­ti­a­tions with top man­age­ment of team with an aim of strik­ing a deal which will see them ben­e­fit fi­nan­cially.

The firm‘s head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Bernice Kar­iuki, said they set­tled for Paul Bi­tok‘s charges due to their suc­cess story.

She said most of the book-mark­ers are in­clined to­wards foot­ball and the big clubs but they were keen to fat­ten the Malkia purses go­ing for­ward.

“Ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween us and the team are at an ad­vanced stage. Many com­pa­nies are in­ter­ested in part­ner­ing with foot­ball but we had a hand­ful of rea­sons to go for the Kenyan queens. First, the girls are awe­some, and have been rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try with­out much fan­fare and sup­port un­like their male coun­ter­parts from other dis­ci­plines.the deal will not only boost the team but in­spire younger girls who look up to fe­male sports stars as role model,“she said

Be­sides part­ner­ing with the Malkia Strik­ers who have al­ready qual­i­fied for the resched­uled 2020 Olympics,the firm re­it­er­ated its com­mit­ment to lift the stan­dards of grass root sports.

Kar­iuki noted that a large chunk of tal­ent at that level lacked sup­port—a key in­gre­di­ent needed to en­able them punch their way to star­dom.

“As a way of giv­ing back to the so­ci­ety, we will aim to sup­port and work with grass­roots teams,“she said.

 ?? /FILE ?? Malkia Strik­ers’ play­ers dur­ing a past match
/FILE Malkia Strik­ers’ play­ers dur­ing a past match

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