PRESS RELEASE | Conclusion of the Kamiti Maximum Prison Inmates Premier League
However, due to administrative changes at the Prison, we were unable to secure access for The Press and their equipment to cover the event inside the facility. The Inmates Premier League is a long-term project and, therefore, with more events lined up to take place at Kamiti, we will work on having better arrangements in place for The Press to provide coverage in future.We thank the Kamiti Prison Management for supporting this project and also making it possible for us to take photos of the trophy and medal presentation using a mobile phone. The inaugural Kamiti Maximum Prison Inmates Premier League was won by Morocco FC. Other teams which participated in the competition were Academica FC, Academy FC, Alaska FC, Alaska Jnr FC, Black Star FC, Blue Sky FC, Gunners FC, Hamas FC, Kadhiani FC, M.O.G FC, Mathare FC, and Taqwa FC.
The golden boot award went to Erick “Spring” Salim of Alaska FC who topped the scoring charts with 49 goals.Mathare United Legends, led by current AFC Leopards assistant coach, Anthony Kimani, played an exhibition match with Kamiti AllStars. Mathare United Legends won the match 4-2. Anthony Kimani is also the ambassador of the Inmates Premier League and speaking later during the trophy and medals presentation ceremony, he hailed Morocco FC for their consistency and challenged the other 12 teams to dethrone the league champions next season. “Morocco FC won this league because they have been consistent. They will be the team to beat next season and I urge the other teams to give them a tough challenge by adjusting their targets upwards and work on achieving them one match at a time. Focus will be very key in achieving that goal,” Kimani said.
KPL CEO Jack Oguda outlined plans which are being worked on to improve the Inmates Premier League next season. “Next season we will plan capacity building activities aimed at improving the skills and knowledge of referees, coaches, and first aiders. This way, we will get more people involved in the sport,” the KPL CEO added. There was more reason to smile for the inmates as uniforms (jerseys, shorts, and socks) were presented to the six best teams. The donation of uniforms was courtesy of SportPesa, who are the title sponsors of the Kenyan Premier League.
Kenyan Premier League and Zeb Strong Foundation wish to thank members of The Press who came to the Kamiti Maximum Prison on Thursday 13th June 2019 to provide coverage for our event at the correctional facility.