7000 fans attended the encounter pitting Congo United and Gor Mahia on Wednesday, yet Congo as the home team went home with a paltry 43,500 shillings as gate collection. The Mombasa municipal council and FKL were in charge of the gate charges and announced that only 203,000 out of a possible 1million shilling was realized.
Congo also claimed Mombasa Council agents who manned the gates during the Congo/Gor Mahia FKL Cup match “fleeced” the club of money, ending up receiving a paltry Sh43,000 from a well attended match.
Even for lowly attended matches, Congo makes Sh160,000 to Sh300,000 at Mbaraki. In a record breaking match, like against crowd-pullers Gor Mahia, Congo made over Sh700,000 at Mbaraki.
The club said that over 7,000 fans attend their FKL Cup match, higher than all their previous matches at Mbaraki, but gate-keepers announced a taking of only Sh203,000. Congo said they anticipated over Sh1 million to be collected.
“We were cheated by council officials. How can soccer develop when we are still engaged in corruption,” asked Cong United vice-chairman Evans Mzungu.
“We are a poor community club, working hard but, apparently, for other people, who have no stake in football, to feed off our sweat in broad daylight. That was an unfortunate situation and as Congo United we will not play our matches at the stadium.”
This situation mirrors what happened in July of 2000 when Kenya faced Swaziland at the very same Mombasa municipal stadium. In that occasion, close to Ksh 1 milllion dissapeared and has never been recovered.