The Story of Kariobangi Sharks is one that deserves to be aired on the Big screens in different movie theaters across the world.
This is a story that greatly depicts the “Never Say Die” attitude among a group of Kenyan Youths who came together from the slums but ended up becoming the talk of town not just in Kenya but in Africa!
Kariobangi Sharks came to the limelight in 2016 after gaining promotion to the Kenyan Premier League and since then, the team has continued to grow from strength to strength.
The teams Top 8 Finishes for the past three seasons in the Premier League all but confirm that the Slum boys are up to the task and are ready to go toe to toe with the big boys as it aims to cement it’s place in the Kenyan Football circles.
The Club has also had some great runs in various cup competitions with three straight final appearances under it’s belt.
This year saw Kariobangi make it’s continental bow when it took part in the CAF Confederations Cup Qualifiers.
The team won it’s Preliminary round 9-1 on aggregate against As Arta of Djibouti before falling in the first round to Ghanian giants Asante Kotoko 2-1 on aggregate.
Sharks also won a first trophy outside the country when it emerged victorious in the SportPesa Cup competition held in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. The win over compatriots Bandari FC saw the team book a date with English Premier League giants Everton FC.
The team is now out to share the story of it’s success with the world through a documentary, the first of it’s kind in Kenya
The masterpiece titled “Against All Odds” will give football lovers a walk into Kariobangi’s world, the highs and lows.
The Documentary has seen Sharks venture into the Content production world and with this, the club will certainly see it’s fortunes grow.
According to the Club’s CEO Ms. Lynda Ambiyo, this is just the beginning of the club’s long-term plan to exploit the huge opportunities in content production.
“Soccer as a sport is changing by the day and clubs are now more than just the 90 minutes of play. The game is part of our lives and it is important to connect the fans with the history, vision and ideals of the club. Against All Odds is just the beginning; we have a lot in store.”
She further elaborated how they plan to make this content production profitable:
“We want to create a proper platform for producing, packaging and distributing content locally and even internationally. With this, we can be able to diversify the sources of club revenue. Gone are the days when clubs seat down and depend on TV rights of the leagues as the only way to connect with fans. It is the duty of clubs to exploit sporting content internally as other broadcasters deal with match day.”
“This is what modern football is about. We started with doing the behind the scenes in our last Shield Cup victory and the response was good. Now we have gone to the next step to tell the club story. Expect a lot more from us,” she added.
“After all, if we do not tell our stories, who will?” she concluded.
Additional Reporting By sharks.co.ke
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