Pewin Supplies Limited has submitted a powerful bid, believed to be in collaboration with Icon Sports Marketing Limited, a leader in managing events in golf and athletics.
President Uhuru Kenyatta at a recent function with Chairman of Kenya Forestry Service Mr. Peter Kirigua. Mr. Kirigua is also the owner of Pewin Motors Group that has put in a tender to bring European Football teams to Kenya.
Icon Sports is associated with the Barclays Kenya Golf Open and previously did consulting work for the World Athletics Cross Country Championships.
The Magic Cup Tournament was conceptualized in 2012 by the then Sports Stadia Management Board (SSMB) and launched at a colorful ceremony in February 2013 at the Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani, in the presence of UK-based OpenSide Sports Agency officials.
Although tens of millions of shillings of taxpayer money was spent by Sports Kenya, the appointed OpenSide Sports was unable to deliver on its mandate of staging a match between Arsenal FC vs Borussia Dortmund which was promised for Kasarani stadium.
The idea was conceptualized during the London 2012 Olympics, when the Government hosted an opulent reception area dubbed \’Kenya House.\’ Former Sports PS James Waweru and acting CEO of Sports Kenya Gabriel Komora proposed the project to the Government, who embraced the idea and the funds were allocated by cabinet in 2013.
Another consortium, Sport Global Management (SGM) and Nusu Nusu Productions has also submitted a bid. SGM is a licensed FIFA Match Agency headed by Gael Mahe, the agent behind Paul Pogba\’s move from Le Havré to Manchester United. Nusu Nusu Productions is headed by celebrated sports guru Fareed Khimani. The consortium has also drafted George Bwana, former CEO of Gor Mahia FC as it’s lead technical advisor.
SGM is not a new name in Kenyan Football and has arranged fully-paid friendlies for Harambee Stars in Egypt, Qatar, Morocco, Iran, Senegal, Guinea amongst others. SGM also brought Barcelona to Africa for the first time, during a friendly match vs Morocco’s Raja Casablanca in 2012.
Although the Sports Kenya advert which ran in local dailies stated that detailed Terms of Reference (TOR’s) will be made available online, they were neither available on the Sports Kenya website (http://www.stadiumskenya.co.ke) or theIFMIS Government Procurement portal by the time of publication.