WC 2003 - Kenyan firms pledge financial support to the team

Published: Sunday, March 16, 2003, 4:33 [IST]
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Nairobi: Financial offers to members of the Kenya team has started pouring in with local firms keen to cash in on its success in the World Cup in South Africa.The Sameer Group of companies, which has vast interests in battery manufacturing, tyre making and mobile telephony on Saturday pledged 100,000 Shillings ($ 1,300) to each player if they beat India in the semi-finals on Thursday.Five companies have already raised 2.4 million Shillings ($ 31,500), which will be delivered to the team by the country's Vice-President Michael Wamalwa in South Africa next week.Wamalwa, a former cricket player, will lead a group of fans to cheer the team in the semi-finals in Durban. The Kenyan team, who had no major corporate sponsors before the World Cup, hope to net at least $ 500,000 for reaching the semi-finals.Copyright AFP 2001

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