Pay tv StarTimes will host the 2018 Mini World Cup Media tournament as a precursor of the Fifa football extravaganza to be held in Russia.
The second edition of the StarTimes Media Challenge will be held on June 2nd at Upper Hill School with over 12 teams ahead of the Fifa World Cup kick off on June 14th in Russia.
Royal Media Services have been placed as the top seeds by virtue of being the top media team during the Stanchart Road to Anfield tournament where they bowed out in the semi finals.
The other teams that have been seeded after their participation in the Road to Anfield tournament a month ago are the StarTimes Media Challenge defending champions Radio Africa, Nation Media Group Capital Fm and Standard.
Other teams which will participate are hosts StarTimes, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), Qwetu Radio, Homeboyz, Kass, Sunday Express, Ebru, Ghetto Radio, Lolwe, 442 Media among others.
The tournament will be a seven aside from a squad of ten players where at least two members of one gender must be on the pitch playing.
The winners will be feted with a replica World Cup trophy amongst other prizes to be won by the top teams in the event being organized by the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK).
Teams have been directed to register their players by Tuesday next week ahead of the draw on the same day on May 29.
SJAK secretary general Mike Okinyi warned teams against fielding outsiders (merceneries) warning them of dire consequences which include being disqualified.
“We are going to ensure we conduct a thorough vetting of players where they will be supposed to produce their job identifications and Media Council accreditation. If needs be we shall also contact employers to verify their employees,” he said.
StarTimes Director of Marketing, Japheth Akhulia said the pay tv will screen all the 64 World Cup matches and wanted to use tournament to celebrate their partnership with the media and warm up for world fiesta.
The association’s president Chris Mbaisi implored to teams not to field outsiders as the event is meant for media practitioners to bond and socialize.