Hat-trick hero? sorry, no match ball for you.
When we play Sunday football for the Hometown FC, we all know that scoring a hat trick just ends at that. No one will be seen following the match referee demanding the match ball just because they stuck in three (probably disputed) goals into the net. But you would expect things to be a bit different in the country’s top-flight league, the Kenya Premier League, right?
The match balls in the KPL have to be hauled just as you do for your local side after every match. It doesn’t matter if a player scored three or ten goals; there’s no ball to take home.
But didn’t the Kenya Premier League enter a deal with La Liga that has seen them get an endless supply of balls?
Yes and no.
Yes, league runner KPL has a partnership with La Liga. That is the reason you will see the Spanish top flight’s logo on the company’s official presses and on matchday balls.
No, the deal does not guarantee an endless supply of match balls. At least not that we know off. The same balls are used week in week out and have to be collected after every match round. For this reason, there are no match ball giveaways even to players who bag the coveted hat-trick. The referee of course gets to determine whether each ball is in a playable condition.
Gor Mahia’s Meddie Kagere opened this season’s race for the golden boot with three goals against Nakumatt. He will, however, have to fight on for the big reward as there was no forthcoming small reward in the name of the match ball.