Posted by:Eric Njiru
The age-old battle for football supremacy between Kenya and Tanzania was brought back to life on Wednesday (May 24) with the unveiling of the annual SportPesa Super Cup whose inaugural edition will run from June 5 to 11 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
The proud winner of the eight-team 2017 knockout tournament will face a famous English Premier League side on July 13besides lifting a glittering trophy and earning regional bragging rights in the tournament that will be played in a knockout format straight from the quarterfinal stage.
In addition, the 2017 SportPesa Super Cup champions will take home a cash prize of USD30,000 with losing finalists pocketing USD10,000.
Teams knocked out at the semi finals will be rewarded with USD5,000 each with USD2,500 going to those exiting the competition at the last-eight stage.
Proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to programs run by Tanzania Football Federation’s Football Development Fund.
Four teams each from Tanzania and Kenya will battle for the 2017 SportPesa Super Cup at the 20,000-seater Uhuru Stadium, Dar-es-Salaam in a competition that will feature some of the fiercest football derbies in East Africa.
Dar football giants; Vodacom Premier League champions Yanga SC and Simba SC will be joined by Singida United and Jang’ombe Boys FC from Zanzibar in flying the Tanzanian flag.
SportPesa Premier League titleholders, Tusker FC, record domestic champions Gor Mahia FC, their archrivals AFC Leopards SC and National Super League side Nakuru All Stars FC will fight for the honours in the Kenyan corner.
Leopards will kick-off the tournament having been drawn against Singida in the opening game before the biggest clash of the quarters takes centre stage when the Tanzanian and Kenyan champions- Yanga and Tusker- lock horns.
The might of Simba will then be tested by All Stars before Gor round off the last-eight when they entertain Jang’ombe.