Newly promoted Shabana FC, the reigning champions of the National Super League (NSL), is set kick off its FKF Premier League season with an exhilarating match against Murang’a Seal.
The showdown is scheduled to take place today at the Raila Odinga Stadium, in Homabay marking the beginning of what promises to be an action-packed football season for the Gusii community club.
Having clinched the NSL title, Shabana FC is entering the Premier League for the first time in 17 seasons.
The club has embarked on mass registration of supporters is in full swing, as it aims to build a strong fan base that stands behind them.
Shabana wants to emulate the success of the two other community based clubs in the KPL, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards whose on field success is largely based on their strong fan bases.
Additionally, the club recently secured a Sh20 million season sponsorship from betting company Bangbet.
The partnership that was signed early this month in Nairobi will see Bangbet provide both playing and training kits for the Kisii-based team for the entire season.
“As the club’s patron, I call upon all leaders from our community and like-minded people to come onboard and support Shabana by adding whatever they have. Let’s shun petty politics,” said club patron Kisii governor Simba Arati during the signing.
Arati called on all leaders from the region to support the team to ensure they perform better in the top-flight league, which they are returning to after a 17-year hiatus.
“It has taken a long time to convince Bangbet to invest in our team, and I am glad that we have finally signed a deal. To the team, let’s not let them down but give our best,” Said governor Arati