Big blow to AFC Leopards as Ingwe Pulse set to be pulled off air by Supersport

AFC Leopards SC magazine show dubbed Ingwe Pulse usually aired on Supersport will soon be no longer aired  be available on television screens in coming months.

AFC Leopards SC magazine show dubbed Ingwe Pulse usually aired on Supersport will soon be no longer  be available on television screens in coming months.This new development was revealed days before the move by Supersport to terminate its contract with Kenyan Premier League to air league matches on Friday.

Kenyanstar has learnt  that AFC Leopards top management has been informed that the show will no longer be produced and aired in coming months.

AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia have had magazine shows Ingwe Pulse and Gor TV aired on Supersport’s East African stations, Supersport Select, and Supersport 9 East.

In 2013, AFC Leopards entered into an agreement with Zuku for a magazine show valued at 24M shillings but the deal received resistance from KPL that saw Leopards threatened with expulsion from the league for creating a magazine show.

 

Photo/Chris Omolo: Walter Onyino, AFC Leopards vice chairman (right) and Wananchi Programming MD Hannelie Bekker during the signing of the TV deal in June 2013

Months later, Supersport approached AFC  Leopards with a similar idea  valued at 2M shillings a year to the Club towards the end of year 2014. Caught between a rock and a hard place just as shirt sponsor Mumias Sugar was having difficulties in meeting their obligations, Leopards were desperate for funds and that saw the Club chairman Allan Kasavali sign up for the deal though lower in value than the deal Zuku had offered. 

Ingwe Pulse usually aired in monthly episodes usually and covered Club match reviews, fan engagement, players and  other events in the Club.

A source in the Club said that Supersport had pulled out of production of the show that is handled by Nusu Nusu Productions. The use of name Ingwe Pulse and not Ingwe TV came about following trademark and copyright issues related to the latter name.

Leopards who have been hit by several cases at the Sports and Disputes Tribunal as well as IDCC has seen the broadcast cash come in handy in paying off monies owed to coaches and players who have sued the Club putting a strain to its finances despite the 45M sponsorship from betting giants Sportpesa.

Already Club insiders are looking for possible new partners and options once the communication is official in the public domain.

The  Ingwe Pulse fate may also befall Gor Mahia’s show, Gor TV.

 

 

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