- A section of Kenyans were not convinced with the design of the new KPL Trophy
- The trophy, which is made purely of gold, cost KSh 5 million to create, according to FKF boss Nick Mwendwa
- The new trophy will be awarded to the winner of the 2020/21 season
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Kenyans were vocal on social media with varying reactions after Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa unveiled the official trophy for the winner of the FKF Premier League.
Mwendwa made arrangements to have the trophy be officially unveiled on live television on Wednesday, July 28.
The 24-carat piece of silverware arrived in the country on Wednesday, in time for the season’s conclusion.
Amid anticipation from Kenyans on how the look the trophy would have, there were mixed reactions when it was finally unveiled.
While making an appearance on JKL Live, Mwendwa unveiled the trophy as he revealed it cost a whopping KSh 5 million.
The FKF boss further disclosed the trophy was crafted in Dubai and stood at 80 centimetres and weighed 11 kilograms.
“We went a long way to craft a trophy that represents the Kenyan heritage… so we crafted the trophy around the Maasai culture and the big five. This is the first time this trophy is being seen by Kenyans and footballer lovers…This is a Maasai holding a football and its gold coated, 24 Karat gold and at the base it has our big five (Lion, Rhino, Leopard, elephant and the Buffalo)” Mwendwa told stand-in host Trevor Ombija.
The trophy, which is made of purely of gold, endured a difficult time getting to the country from Dubai because of some COVID-19 restrictions.
It’s design is quite interesting as well, as it entails a Maasai moran holding a football and he is supported at the base by the Big Five animals of the country
Despite Mwendwa’s efforts, a section of Kenyans on social media were critical of the trophy on different grounds.
Some felt the trophy’s design still left a lot of room for improvement and consultations should have been made before deciding on the final design.
“In serious premier leagues, this trophy would pass for an individual award, not a team's trophy. Nick Mwendwa needs to be serious,” a user identified as Weelo Willis said.
“That's a statue,not a trophie, the size and weight of the statue is abnormal” another added.
“Innovative Kenyans could have been asked to forward designs and the best picked through a formula,” went another.
It was not all criticism, however, as some Kenyans actually saw the positive side of having an actual valuable trophy for the winner of the league.
“Nic! Kudos for the good work.”
“Compared with the past football has changed it's like night and day. The Harambee stars is well managed without complains,”
Winner takes all in the Kenya Premier League
The KSh 5 million trophy will go to the winner of the Premier League but will only permanently go to the team that wins three consecutive top flight divisions.
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Source: Sports Brief News