Judith Nyangi addressed the most important issues

On Wednesday August 5, Radio Jambo presenter Joseph Ogidi, popularly known as Gidi Gidi, and media personality / journalist Tony Anelka hosted a debate featuring the aspirants for the position of honorary treasurer.

Say what you may about her lack of degree or lack of qualifications and her lack of tact. But if there is anyone who said all the things that needed to be said at Wednesday’s debate, it was the infamous Judith Anyango aka “Nyangi”. It was she who pinpointed the most pressing issue facing the club today. The issue that hinders the club from progressing to the level of other regional teams like Simba FC, TP Mazembe and the Zambian clubs. All things considered, she won the debate despite being an outsider.

Watch her comments starting from the 1:06:55 mark. She laid bare all the issues that are afflicting this club.

The most important issue affecting the club is the lack of trust from fans. It is the reason that club membership has plummetted from 2000 to only 500. It is one of the reason why match attendance had plummetted from about 10,000 fans per game in 2011 to about 500 per game in 2019.

Nyangi started by saying that she knows all the corruption that has been occurring at the club. She noted that the club must harness fans goodwill by being transparent and assuring the fans that money is well taken care of and accounted for. This includes the money coming in from sponsors which Nyangi says that sometimes just disappears from the club accounts as soon as it is deposited by sponsors. She stated that in some cases, match attendance is good yet players don’t receive their match allowances.

Perhaps the most important issue that Nyangi noted was the lack of financial structures. According to Nyangi, the club is now being run through “System ya majambazi“, whereby the chairman acts not only as the chairman, but also the secretary general and treasurer. When the club treasurer goes to the bank to ask for a bank statements, the bank calls Rachier to ask if they can give the statement to the treasurer.

Nyangi noted that when Players were sold nobody knew what the transfer fee was. For example, at first when Walusimbi was sold and club officials denied that they received money only to admit that they did indeed receive the money. But it is still not clear how much was received for Walusimbi. This is why fans are staying away said Nyangi.

On membership, Tony Anelka asked Nyangi why as organizing secretary, she was unable to register members even though this is her responsibility.

Nyangi responded that Membership recruitment should be performed by the whole club. She said “I traversed the country asking the fans to register. But fans asked where the rest of the officials are. I felt like I was bearing the burden of membership recruitment alone without participation from other club officials.”

Nyangi also noted that Membership proceeds would come into the club and would disappear. She noted that due to Mambo ya giza. Fans were discouraged from becoming members.
Nyangi continued to say “If things are done the right way, fans are ready to contribute if we do simple things that don’t need a degree”.

When members raise issues they are told “Pak Gor idog e odi”. Which roughly translates to focus on supporting and leave financial management to us

In conclusion Nyangi noted that what the club needs is not people with degrees. Indeed what the club needs is a person who can do very basic and simple things to ensure accountability and transparency so that fans can return.

Chrispine Okoth

His opening monologue was very wordy, short on substance and full of big words. He did eventually propose some ideas. He noted that there are KRA provisions that can be used to reduce the tax burden on players. His big ideas were on ways to reduce the clubs transportation costs. Per Okoth, the new sponsorship includes Ksh 6 million for transport. He proposes to ask the sponsor to advance the club the entire Ksh 6 million and also loan the club Ksh 4 million to buy a bus. The loan will be recouped by asking the sponsor to organize 3 big matches. On the issue of hotel fees, Okoth suggested that the club invest in guest houses all over the country that the club could use instead of paying for hotels.

The main thrust of Okoth’s argument was that none of his challengers have the required qualifications to vie for this position.

On transparency, he suggested to bring in branches to man the gates. As far as he is concerned, instances of people jumping over gates and refusing to pay for tickets will be reduced if branches man the gates.

Dolfina Odhiambo

She said the fact that she is not an accountant does not mean that she is incapable of being treasurer. She maintained that she knows how to read financial statements. She says that she was one of the people who wrote the club’s new constitution and her goal is to ensure that the club constitution especially the separation of duties that include a financial officer and a external auditor. She wants to create financial structures that will be used in posterity. On the issue of ticketing, Dolfina proposed the use of an in-house e-Ticketing system so that the club have control and perform internal audits. She vowed to bring transparency into the way the club is run.

Summary

Credit to Chrispine Okoth and Dolfina Odhiambo for their passion. But it must be said that Nyangi won this debate because she pinpointed the major problems affecting the club and provided very practical solutions which if implemented are sure to have an immediate impact on the club.

If as a fan you want to address the constant exodus of the club’s key players to Wazito, Tusker, to Zambia, Tanzania and so forth. If you want players not to go for several months with no pay, or to be locked in hotels, lose their spouses, face evictions, go without treatment for major injuries, then you must pay attention to what Nyangi said. Put your prejudices aside for a moment and ask yourself whether you really disagree with Nyangi.

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Ze Maria recalls his time in Kenya

Ze Maria seen here with Sandro Fantoni aka the Greenade aka Onyango

Former Gor Mahia coach and Brazil legend, Ze Maria, who coached Kogallo in 2016, spoke the the UK newspaper, the Guardian about his time in Kenya

Kenya was a jarring contrast. “I arrived in Nairobi and, when I got off the plane, I almost caught fire. The sun burns on your skin. I walked down the road and there were zebras on the other side. I was having lunch next to Lake Victoria and a guy came over and said: ‘Careful if you see any waves here, because it might be a hippopotamus.’ People wondered what I was doing there. ‘Zé Maria who played for Brazil and Inter?’ They wanted to touch me. People wanted to hear my stories. It was the biggest club in Kenya, so every game was like managing Flamengo or Corinthians in Brazil. The stadium was packed.

Ze Maria almost led Kogalo to a league title. But they were denied after a match against Tusker was awarded to Tusker due to misbehaviour from one fan. This led to a 6 point turnaround with Kogalo losing 3 points and Tusker gaining 3 points thus giving them the title.

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Rachier: I have unfinished business

 

There has been controversy over Ambrose Rachier’s decision to seek another term. He explains to Yahoo sports why he is seeking another term

Despite leading the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions for the last 12 years, Rachier has defended his move to seek re-election again during the club’s much-awaited polls set to be conducted via electronic voting on August 8.

“I have done much for this club and it is evident enough. Since I took over in 2008, we have achieved so much and that makes me proud,” Rachier is quoted by People Sports.

“In 12 years, we have won 46 trophies, surely that is something. It is also a testament I have retained my seat unopposed; it means members have always had faith in my leadership.

“To run this great club, you have to be a servant first. It is not easy to lead Gor Mahia given the image and so it is about being passionate and efficient. The reason I am in the seat is so to help drive the club to greater heights.”

Rachier, who is heading to return unopposed, as no official stepped up to contest his position, has also supported the club’s new constitution which moved to reduce the number of elective posts from 11 to four.

“It will be better to have a lean but effective office with individuals able to persecute the mandate given to them,” Rachier continued. “In the past, it was a bit complicated and sometimes differences would occur.

“We want to speak a unified language that is endeared to developing the club.”

On whether they are ready for the exercise, Rachier said: “We are ready for the polls and we have followed all directives of the Sports Act. In fact, the recent directive by Sports Registrar on deploying monitors to assess the viability and credibility of elections online is complete.

“We have ICPAK [Institute of Chartered Public Accountants of Kenya] on board and we have already forwarded names of voters who have met criteria of being registered club members.

“The Board is in place with gender balance ascertained.”

Apart from Rachier, secretary Sam Ocholla is also unopposed while former club officials ‘Sally Bollo and Francis Wasuna will battle for the vice-chairmanship post while Gor Mahia’s Augmentin official Dolphina Odhiambo will face off with Chrispine Okoth.

All systems go for elections

The Gor Mahia election board in 2016

Gor Mahia’s election board are ready for the club’s elections which will be scaled down considerably from past years. With only 500  registered members compared to over 2000 in past years and with the Chairman running unnopposed, there will be a lot less fanfare

Story courtesy of the Nation

It is all system go for Gor Mahia elections as the Electoral Board meets on Tuesday to release the guidelines for the online exercise slated for Saturday.

This even as a group of seven disgruntled fans says they will move to the Sports Dispute Tribunal (STD) on Tuesday seeking to stop the exercise.

The seven, through Omondi Omollo Advocates, had on July 21 written to the board questioning the legality of the exercise.

However, they say the response they received didn’t touch on contentious issue of academic qualification that requires all aspirants to be degree holders and registration of the club constitution.

Board chairman Henry Ogoye, on the other hand, says everything has been put in place electronically for the treasurer and vice person post which will be up for grabs.

“We have finished up on everything and we will have our last meeting on Tuesday to fine tune all aspect of the technology to be used. Every voter will have a secret code to be used in voting through a link which shall be issued,” Ogoye told Nairobi News on Monday evening.

TRANSPARENT AFFAIR

“It is going to be a transparent exercise and all issues raised recently by the registrar have all been taken care of,” he further said.

He also said they responded extensively to the demand letter by the fans on all issues within their mandate.

“The board was formed recently and couldn’t respond to all issues outside their mandate like how the new constitution was passed. Our response to them centred on the electoral rules which are anchored on club constitution,” he added.

Sports Journalist Gilbert Wandera, who is among the fans petitioning for the cancellation of the election, said they will be heading to SDT on Tuesday.

“First, they didn’t respond to us on when the constitution was registered. They have also failed to show us how the requirement of the degree was incorporated in the constitution. The board itself was also not formed through the laid down process, considering locking out other candidates has also been opposed by the Registrar of Sports,” said Wandera.

LEGAL REDRESS

He said that they have no option but to seek legal redress as the election is illegal.

Other fans who are against the exercise are Kulendeng branch official Ben Agunda, insurance financial advisor Sewe Odero, Alfred Odhiambo Otieno, George Ochieng’ Gombe, Meshack Odero and Edder Jalang’o.

Outgoing Organising Secretary Judith ‘Nyangi’ Anyango, who was barred from vying for treasurer’s post because she lacks a degree, also supports the decision to head to SDT.

Meanwhile, former club officials ‘Sally ‘Nyar Adwen’ Bollo and Francis Wasuna will lock horns for the Vice Chair’s post while Gor Mahia’s Augmentin official Dolphina Odhiambo will face off with academician Dr Chrispine Okoth who holds three Masters degrees and a PhD.

Long-serving chairman Ambrose Rachier and Sam Ochola have as good as secured the Chairmanship and Secretary General’s posts respectively having been nominated unopposed.

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Rachier: Unschooled people not welcome at Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has taken a swipe at Judith Nyangi. This comes after Judith Nyangi declared her determination to run for the position of treasurer against the wishes of Rachier.

Additional reporting from goal.com

The K’Ogalo chairman and some club officials have been at loggerheads regarding how the August polls should be conducted

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has hit out at club members who are opposed to eligibility requirements set out by the electoral board.

The need for any candidate to possess a degree has generated tangible opposition, as some members have threatened to file a case at the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) and stop the elections.

Gor Mahia’s organising secretary Judith Nyangi has been categorical that such requirements are meant to lock her out from vying for the honorary treasurer post.

“There have been jokes before where people from nowhere just appeared and vied for important posts in the club,” Rachier told Ebru TV. “If one is running for the treasurer’s post it is common knowledge that he or she must be competent in matters money and accounts.

“There is no need for picking one who cannot even write down their names,” he added. “I can never tolerate people who have not gone to school.

“Election requirements apply to various posts even for the president of Kenya, senators, members of parliament and even governors. One cannot claim he has to vie for any post just because he is a Kenyan.

“That is not how things are done.

“This process [of seeking public views] was not conducted in a short period but it took more than nine months because we wanted a document that was not only in line with the Sports Act but also one that carries the views and vision of our fans.”

Rachier, first elected into office in 2008, also clarified their intention to conduct the polls under the new constitution which has equally attracted opposition.

“We are going to conduct the polls according to our new constitution that is in line with the Sports Act and Article 81 of the constitution of the Republic,” explained Rachier. “The elections codes of conduct were discussed and approved last year, and why did the dissatisfied members raise issues then in May 2019 and waited until now?

“The elections’ code of conduct that laid down eligibility requirements for every candidate was ratified after our committee of experts and fans from Korogocho, Kibera, Kwa Sabuni, and Mathare Valley took part in the process

“So far, I stand re-elected because no one declared interest to vie for my position and Samuel Ochola has also been elected as the Secretary of the club as he had no one to challenge him.”

He also explained why they picked August as the preferred month for the exercise.

“We have always preferred to conduct our elections when there are no football actions because politics will always pollute the environment when done during the season.

“That is the reason we picked August as the month to carry out the elections.”

Rachier also declared readiness to respect any court order that could be issued concerning the mandatory intermittent elections.

“Every Kenyan has a right to raise objections on a matter they do not agree entirely with,” he concluded. “For that reason, members can petition the court and if the elections are going to be stopped I am going to respect the order from any tribunal.”

Sports Registrar Rose Wasike recently laid her own demands that the Gor Mahia elections must adhere to if they are to be approved.

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Polack laments loss of Boniface Omondi

Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack says the club will miss the services of Boniface Omondi after the striker Wednesday joined Wazito on a three-year deal.

Omondi, 24 who joined Gor Mahia from Nzoia Sugar in 2017, appreciated his time at K’Ogalo but said his main focus now is to help Wazito win its maiden title.

Polack revealed he asked Omondi to stay but the striker was not convinced after enduring tough financial challenges at Gor during the 2019/20 season.

“We have lost a great player to our opponents. He was my first choice striker and I really pleaded with him to change his decision but he insisted that the financial situation at Gor Mahia played a part in his decision. I wish him the best at Wazito,” Polack told Nation Sport.

Polack has urged Gor Mahia management to hold on to their key players who are being targeted by other Kenyan Premier League clubs.

Gor Mahia captain Kenneth Muguna and his assistant Joash Onyango are reportedly on their way out of the club.

“I’m following two foreign strikers and will recommend them to the club management. However, I still insist that we have to ensure we keep our dependable players and pay them well. It is my hope that the (Betsafe) sponsorship will help us achieve this,” said Polack.

With the exit of Omondi and Tanzania winger Dickson Ambudo, the only dependable strikers remaining at Gor are Nicholas Kipkurui and new signing Benson Omala.

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Sports Registrar comes to Nyangi’s aid

Judith Nyangi, who had been eliminated from running in Gor Mahia’s August 8 elections, seems to have received a reprieve from the Sports Registrar. She will likely contest for the Treasurer seat against Dolfina Odhiambo.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Sports Registrar Rose Wasike appears to have provisionally cleared Gor Mahia’s outgoing organising secretary Judith ‘Nyangi’ Anyango to contest the treasurer’s post in the club’s forthcoming polls.

The Kenyan Premier League giants are in line to elect new officials on August 8, and club chairman Ambrose Rachier recently told Nairobi News the club’s new constitution prohibits any person without a university degree from contesting for any management position.

This rule automatically locks out Nyangi who has a diploma from vying, but then, the Registrar has, in a terse letter addressed to the club secretary, now emphasized that no one should be ‘unfairly blocked’ from contesting.

“This is to request you to submit documents relating to the appointed Independent Panel that will ensure holding of fair and transparent elections (which include) nomination of candidates without unfairly blocking any candidate from vying, adherence to the 2/3 gender rule, and non-discrimination,” Wasike said.

“The (election) exercise should not violate the Kenya Constitution 2010, the Sports Act, and the Sports Registrar regulations,” she added.

VIRTUAL ELECTIONS

The Registrar has also recommended the Institution of Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) to oversee the club’s virtual election even as she outlined the requirements for all contestants.

“Currently, the online voting system is only available for ICPAK which has been doing online elections. All vying candidates must get clearance from Government Intergirty clearance offices i.e the Credit Reference Bureau, Higher Educations Loans Board, Kenya Revenue Authority, Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission, Directorate of Criminal Investigations, National Social Security Fund and National Hospital Insurance Fund, among others.

Rachier is so far unopposed for the chairmanship position, while Sally Bolo will tussle with Francis Wasuna for the vice-chairmanship.

Sam Ochola, who is eyeing the Secretary General position, is also unopposed, while Dolfina Onduto, Chrispine Okoth, and probably Nyangi will contest the treasurer’s position.

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Boniface Omondi leaves for Wazito


Striker Boniface Omondi, scorer of several crucial goals including the last mashemeji derby winner, has left for Wazito
Additional reporting from the Nation

Boniface Omondi has officially joined money bags Wazito on a three-year contract.

Omondi’s contract had come to an end at K’Ogalo in June and the lethal attacker said he decided to move on after club officials failed to initiate new contract negotiations and failure to pay him his salary arrears.

However, the diminutive forward has clarified that he wouldn’t legally pursue his payment from the record champions, but would concentrate on ensuring Wazito clinch the league title next season as the best retaliation.

“As we speak, I have put pen to paper on my deal with my new club Wazito. Everything has been completed and am just waiting for the new season to kick-off. My unveiling and others who have joined this great club will soon be held. Am very happy and now in the right peace of mind,” Omondi told Nation Sport.

The 24-year-old will now join former Gor Mahia goalkeeper Peter Odhiambo who is also on the verge of joining Wazito.

This is after the team released goalkeepers Steven Njung’e and Kevin Omondi ‘Jagoal’ among other players last month as they were deemed surplus to the squad and the effect of coronavirus on Badoer business being also cited as a major reason for their departure.

“I have had my time at Gor Mahia and I have no hard feelings more so on missing my pay. I understand the situation the club was in but my dream is to help Wazito win its maiden KPL title. It is possible. Gor is a big club with fanatical following and can’t just go down because a number of players have left,” added Omondi.

The former Kisumu Day goal poacher has been a first choice for coach Steven Polack and partnered up front with Nicholas Kipkirui for the better part of the season.

He scored five goals for K’Ogalo including the winner in Mashemeji duel against perennial rivals AFC Leopards on March 8.

The speedy forward joined K’Ogalo from Nzoia Sugar in 2017 and had emerged as a key player guiding the club to three league titles. Even then he would play along side Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge, who have since the left the club and joined Tanzania giants Simba SC and Petro de Atletico of Rwanda respectively.

Wazito is also said to be in talks with AFC Leopards striker Vincent Oburu, highly rated Western Stima’s Fidel Origi and Maurice Ojwang as well as Kevin Kimani of Mathare United.

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Judith Nyangi says Rachier always threatens his opponents

Nyangi seen here with players on a tour of Sudan

Judith Nyangi, who was recently locked out of the forthcoming elections by a new procedure , has accused chairman Rachier of using negative tactics to dissuade opponents from running for the Chairmanship

Additional reporting from goal.com

Gor Mahia organising secretary Judith Nyangi has claimed Ambrose Rachier threatens candidates interested in challenging him for the chairmanship post.

Nyangi and Rachier have been at loggerheads recently following the requirements of the election that every candidate running for any post in the August 8 vote must possess a degree.

The organising secretary claimed those requirements are meant to lock her out of the race for the honorary treasurer’s post.

Nyangi, in an interview with Radio Jambo, alleged Rachier, who did not attract an opponent before the nomination process closed, is always issuing threats.

“Rachier is a man of threats,” Nyangi said.

“He has been clear to me over a number of occasions that Gor Mahia is his. The Sports Act is clear that no one should serve more than two terms and if anyone dares stand against Rachier, he will be threatened by him.

“Rachier has been saying that anything he has built he cannot allow anyone to take it away from him. He has been there since 2008 does it mean he is a Gor Mahia’s life chairman?

“I have been wondering whether Gor Mahia are a community club or a private club.”

Nyangi further claimed Rachier’s dictatorial tendencies have denied Gor Mahia proper growth compared to other regional clubs.

“He should vacate office for other people now. Yes, Gor Mahia have been winning cups but what I know is that Gor Mahia are more than winning cups,” she added.

“At this time, we should be at the same level as Yanga SC and Simba SC, teams that have been robbing players from us. They are capable of taking our players because Gor Mahia are being run like a kiosk.

“The politics now at Gor Mahia is that everyone must support the ‘deep state’ and if you do not support the ‘deep state’ that is Rachier you should not be in the office in the first place.

“There is only one man that I will never oppose and that is Raila Amollo Odinga [the former Prime Minister].”

The deep state, mostly used in the political arena, is a body of people, typically influential members of government agencies or the military, believed to be involved in the secret manipulation or control of policies.

But Rachier, in a separate interview, explained why members might have opted not to challenge him.

“That depends on an individual’s interpretation [whether he has done a good job at Gor Mahia or not],” Rachier said.

“I have on many occasions welcomed people interested to stand against me to come forward and that was before our nomination process was closed.

“When the nomination process ended, it emerged that I did not have an opponent. It may be because I have done a good job or otherwise.

“I am thankful to the members who have shown confidence in me. Members should come out and elect officials to the positions that are still vacant when the time arrives.”

Dissatisfied K’Ogalo members have already threatened to take matters to the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) and stop the elections.

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Gor Mahia signs Benson Omalla

Schoolboy sensation Benson Omala who has made waves in the KPL this past season, has joined Kogalo according to a report

Additional reporting from the Nation

Western Stima sensation Benson Omala has agreed to join Gor Mahia, but the big headache for both sides is the prolonged academic calendar which runs to next year.

The Ministry of Education recently cancelled this year’s calendar after schools were closed in March owing to the widespread of the deadly coronavirus in the country.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said the earliest the students can resume learning is January 2021 and that will depend on the gains made in the fight against coronavirus pandemic.

Omala, who is a Form Four student at Kisumu Day High school and was supposed to sit for his Kenya Certificate Secondary Education (KCSE) examination this year, says he has agreed to join the 18 times Kenyan Premier League champions, but they are still negotiating how his schedule will run so that he can concentrate on his studies and play for K’Ogalo at the same time.

The 17-year-old attacker had an easy time playing for Western Stima because the club has its base in the lake side city and host its matches at Moi Stadium, Kisumu which is a short distance from Kisumu Day High School.

“It is true Gor Mahia have approached me and I have agreed to play for them. Since the team is based in Nairobi, we are talking about scheduling my training sessions and being part of the match day squad so that i don’t interfere with my studies,” said Omala.

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Michael Olunga leads scoring charts in J-League

After scoring a hat-trick for Kashiwa Reysol against Vegalta Sendai, Michael Olunga is currently the top scorer in the J league with 8 goals, twice as many as the second best scorer. The former Gor Mahia attacking ace is in the best form of his life and is said to be on the radar of some Europeans sides. Among the teams that have been mentioned is Lens of France.

Match Highlights

J League Scoring Chart

As of July 26 2020, Kashiwa Reysol are in 8th position in the league standings with 12 points from 4 wins and 3 losses.

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