Despite the injured defender saying he will not play for K’Ogalo again, chairman Ambrose Rachier says they will renew his deal that ends in June
Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has said that the team will strive to renew contract of Solomon Nasio after it expires in June.
On Tuesday, Nasio exclusively told Goal that he will not renew his contract with the club after his injury predicament but Gor Mahia chairman now says he has talked to technical bench and they will keep the player.
“He is one of the most experienced players we have and a long serving one because even when I came here I still found him. I have talked to the technical bench and they have said he will be put on a good recovery training path after undergoing surgery and we will renew his contract,” Rachier told Goal.
“It is up to him to decide whether he will accept the offer because again we can’t force him.”
Nasio has been out with a nose injury and underwent surgery on Wednesday after football fans came out and helped raise funds when he raised red flag that the club had neglected him.
“This is an injury that has been there for the last three years,” Rachier said adding,“Before, we have been treating him at Aga Khan Hospital and it is only this time that it escalated and due to our financial predicament we were not able to help him out fully. However we have also come in to help for surgery.”
Rachier Praises Kidero
courtesy of futaa.com
Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier was grateful after Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero handed the club four sets of uniforms on Wednesday 21 May at the Nairobi City Stadium.
Speaking after the presentation, Rachier said the away jersey is a huge reprieve to the club who are undergoing financial crisis.
-This is an away kit because we use green at home and white away and we are very happy for the gesture from our Governor, he said.
Gor Mahia will have a test of the new kit when they face Chemelil Sugar on the road on Thursday 22 May at the Mumias Sports Complex.
The ex-international, who was rushed to hospital complaining of chest pains, assures fans that he is recuperating well and will be back on his feet soon
Gor Mahia assistant coach John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla says he is recuperating well and hopes to be out of hospital soon.
The coach was rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) on Sunday complaining of chest pains and malaria which affected his kidneys as well.
He underwent dialysis on Monday after it was discovered that he also has a renal condition. “When I came here on Sunday, I was in bad shape but now I am getting well and hope to be out of hospital in the next few days,” Ogolla, nicknamed ‘six million dollar man’, told Goal on Tuesday from his hospital bed.
“My family is grateful for the support that well-wishers have shown us. They should not worry about my condition as it is manageable and doctors are doing a good job to ensure I am back on my feet soon.”
On Monday, Gor Mahia through secretary general Chris Omondi issued a statement saying Ogolla was in stable condition after being rushed to hospital with a kidney problem. “Bobby was rushed to hospital in critical condition, but I can confirm he is in stable condition now.
“He is at Kenyatta National Hospital where he is undergoing dialysis and so far so good. There should be no panic and we will be giving updates on his improvement as we go along.”
Injured defender, who undergoes surgery on Wednesday, reveals to Goal that he will not play again this season and will seek for new club after recovery
Kenya Premier League champions Gor Mahia defender Solomon Nasio has revealed that he will not play again until next season.
The player checked into Kenyatta National Hospital on Tuesday to undergo a nose operation. Speaking to Goal at the hospital, Nasio said he expects to be out for three months as he heals from the injury.
“I have been advised that I have to be out for three months for injury to heal. With my contract running out in a few weeks, it means the most probable time I can come back is next season.”
Nasio said he is not keen on renewing his contract at Gor Mahia when it lapses next month. “It was obvious that when I got the injury Gor Mahia officials were buying time by refusing to treat me so that they can drop me in June. The environment is already poisonous and I don’t think it will be wise to return to Gor Mahia.
“I am grateful for what the fans did for me. If it were not for them, my career would have come to an end.”
Nasio was in the news last week when he revealed that an injury he sustained six months ago was threatening to end his career and Gor Mahia officials had abandoned him.
These forced fans to contribute more than Sh200, 000 to enable him undergo the operation. Goal wishes Nasio a quick recovery.
Harambee Stars Sunday afternoon secured a boost to their Africa Cup of Nations Qualification through a narrow 1-0 win over visiting Comoros in their first round first leg qualifier match at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Lommel United’s Johanna Omollo secured the lone goal in the 34th minute through a thunderbolt that Comoros goalkeeper Mroivili Mahmoud could not contain.
This was only the second clear attempt on goal for the Harambee Stars side after a competitive start to the match that saw Stars come under pressure that David Owino and Lawrence Olum dealt with.
Harambee Stars however did not enjoy a bright start to the match as Comoros attacked and almost scored in the fourth minute through Bachirou but Lawrence Olum and David Owino recovered in time to clear the danger.
Mchangama’s freekick then headed straight into Obungu’s hands before a dangerous backass from Olum almost turned expensive for Stars but Obungu was quick to clear the danger.
Dennis Oliech and Victor Wanyama both came inches close through superb strikes that came minutes apart with the former forcing fans onto their fit. Stars had a goal disallowed in the dying minute but the Zambian referee ruled that Johanna Omollo was offside.
Calabar almost sneaked through the defenders in the 25th minute but is out-muscled but loses the ball to the hawk eyed defenders. Ben El Fardou almost scores from a one on one after Jamal lost the ball in the midfield but Olum slipped the ball wide.
The second half started on a bright note for Harambee Stars but Wanyama narrowly missed to slot home a cross from the right by KRC Genk speedy winger Ayub Timbe in the 50th minute.
Allan Wanga attempted a shot in the 60th minute but was blocked as Olum started limping from a knock. He was later pulled out for AFC Leopards’ James Situma as below per Jamal Mohammed was also replaced McDonald Mariga.
McDonald exhibited to the fans what they have been lacking in his three year absence with a brilliant turn in the midfield five minute to the stoppage time but he shot his screamer inches over the bar.
Comoros attacked towards the end of the match through Bachirou but he was booked for diving in the area after a challenge by David Cheche Ochieng’ as Aboud Omar’s corner kick was headed wide to leave the match locked at 1-0 ahead of the return leg.
Harambee Stars will now travel to the Comoros Island in a fortnight for the return match as they seek to advance into the second round and finally the group stages on the continental tie.
There will be a number of Gor Mahia players in action this week as Kenya’s Harambee stars and the Uganda Cranes kick off their 2015 Africa Nations cup qualifications campaigns.
Among the players recalled is goalkeeper Jerim Onyango. The Kogalo captain has been called to the national team several times but has never been able to cement a place in the starting line-up. With Arnold Origi and Duncan Ochieng missing, Jerry Jagoal is likely to be given the nod.
David Owino and Anthony Akumu are first team regulars. Owino is certain to start. But with Inter Milan’s MacDonald Mariga making a return, Akumu will have a fight on his hand if he is to get playing time. Mariga is making a return after a long layoff that saw him miss matches via injury and also by refusing to play under previous coach Francis Kimanzi.
Also called to the team is Musa Mohamed who is also likely to be inserted into the starting line-up thanks to his versatility.
Former Gor Mahia forward Edwin Lavatsa was also called up by Amrouche. Lavatsa when in form can be a perfect foil for Dennis Oliech because if his playmaking and spadework abilities.
Kenya has been gifted with a much easier qualification path and a perfect opportunity to qualify for the ANC, a tournament they last featured in 2004.
The Cranes face a much tougher task. They play the unpredictable Madagascar. In action for Uganda will be Gor Mahia players Geoffrey Kizito and Dan Sserunkuma.
Uganda have not been at the Africa cup of nations since 1978 and will be desperate to qualify this time around.
The World cup
And on a positive note, Divock Origi who is the nephew of Gor Mahia’s legendary skipper Austin Oduor Origi has been named to the Belgian national squad for the world cup and is poised to be the first player of Kenyan descent to play in the world’s premier football event.
First off it must be mentioned that the playing unit deserves to be commended for keeping focused on the task ahead despite all the distractions that have been fomented on the team. The coaching staff also deserves to be commended for keeping the players motivated and focused.
The fans who have already contributed to the cause also deserve to be commended. However the amount collected so far has been disappointing. Apparently some fans are still holding back due to fears about accountability. It is worth noting that the club has taken some tentative steps towards being transparent. In the long term more must be done. But at this moment, the club is in an emergency situation. So fans should contribute. The last thing we need to happen is for the players to lose momentum and focus because they cannot pay their rent and are being thrown out by landlords.
Fans need an update on negotiations with KRA
Now to the gist of this article which is that the club has not updated the fan base with regards to their deliberations with the KRA. All we have heard so far from the secretary general Chris Omondi is that the club has sent overtures to KRA. This is not enough. The issue must be resolved as soon as possible. To begin with KPL announced that they will not disburse any money to Gor Mahia until an agreement is reached between the club and the KRA. Secondly no sponsor will consider aligning with the club until the standoff with KRA is amicably resolved. And finally the amount cited by KRA (ksh 118 million) is ridiculous. Fans deserve an explanation from KRA about what the real amount that the club owes is.
Extend your appeal beyond just fans
So far the club has been reaching out to fans. However the club should also directly appeal to businesses especially those business establishments which are frequented by fans. This includes restaurants, banks, transportation services and so forth. The fans should in turn reward the support of these businesses by patronizing them. This way Kogalo fans and people of goodwill can use their financial muscle in more ways than just contributing via MPESA and support those businesses that offer support to the club.
The club should also extend its appeal to other members of the public besides the fan base. You can do this by highlighting all the positive aspects of this club which have been well documented on this blog as well as elsewhere in the blogosphere. There are many of football lovers who are not neccesarily Gor Mahia supporters who will respond positively if the club embarks on a well organized public relations campaign.
What about diaspora based fans ?
Two weeks ago, this column mentioned that the club has not made any attempt to reach out to diaspora based fans nor made it possible for them to contribute. This is important because as you know, MPESA is not easily available outside Kenya.
So far no action has been taken in that regard.There are Gor Mahia fans and other people of goodwill elsewhere in South Africa, Europe, Australia, North America, China, the Middle East and so forth. The club should reach out to these people as well.
One way to do that is to set up an account with a money transfer service such as MoneyGram. If the fans want to remain anonymous then perhaps their contribution should be identified only via transaction number. Money transfer companies like MoneyGram and Western Union offer such a facility.
Enable fans to donate anonymously
Which brings us to the next point which is that, it is highly likely that some fans would like to contribute but remain anonymous. This can be accomplished very easily if you have a second account where donations are only identified by transaction number. This way, when a fan makes a donation, he gets a transaction number and he can check the list of donations to see if his / her donation appears. The club may end up getting a lot more donations if they can allow for anonymity.
It can be said with certainty that some fans want to be anonymous. It may therefore make more sense to identify all contributions only by a transaction number which can be cross referenced by whomever made the contribution.
The Chairman should be front and centre
As the club’s leader and the person most responsible for steering the club out of this quagmire, Chairman Ambrose Rachier should be in the media several times a week, making direct appeals not just to fans but also to the public in general.
Mr. Rachier should make it a point to address any concerns that people might have about transparency, Answer questions from the media and keep fans up to date on what is being done to resolve the issue with KRA.
Put merchandizing into overdrive
If there was ever a time when the club needed to sell merchandize it must be now. A few months back, fans were shocked to realize that the club makes no money from merchandize sales apparently due to piracy. One way to resolve this is to sell jerseys and T-shirts only at pre-determined places as is done with tickets. And also sell them at the stadium. In fact the club should be coming up with new uniform designs for sale every few months so that fans keep buying. And why stop at uniforms: The club can sell T-shirts, pens, cell-phone holders etc. Almost anything you can imagine.
There are plenty of other opportunities. For example, Sunday May 11 was mother’s day which apparently is now celebrated by many Kenyans. The club could sell generic greeting cards on such occasions.
In the same manner that the club has partnered with Chase Bank for insurance, the club can now find a reliable partner to create and market the club’s merchandize. This partner will also come up with a plan to prevent piracy. There is plenty of money to be made in merchandizing and you can find a partner who is willing to cover the initial costs and recoup them with sales.
Once again the members of the EC who initiated the club’s membership drive deserve to be commended. If well executed with proper accountability and transparency, it can steer the club to unprecedented heights.
The ex-Harambee Stars’ midfielder admits he is upset at sitting on the bench after World governing body Fifa queried his move to the league champions
Gor Mahia midfielder Patrick Oboya says he is frustrated at sitting on the bench after World governing body Fifa queried his move to the Kenyan champions.
Oboya says he wants the matter resolved quickly as he did not commit any offense.“Before signing for Gor Mahia, I had terminated my contract with Than Hoa in Vietnam. When this issue came up I was asked to stay out until it is sorted out but it is frustrating and wish it is sorted out quickly,” Oboya told Goal.
Fifa have asked Gor Mahia to explain how they acquired services of the player as no International Transfer Certificate (ITC) was issued to him before he started playing for K’Ogalo.
Gor Mahia have defended their move to field Oboya in past matches insisting they got permission from Football Kenya Federation to use the player. The Kenyan champions could be docked points if Fifa finds them guilty of fielding an ineligible player.
Meanwhile, coach Bobby Williamson says his players do not feel the heat being at top of the league and will work hard top stay there. Ahead of the tricky clash with unbeaten Chemelil in round 13 of the league, Williamson says tough moments will be the final rounds when the winner will be decided.
“At this time I don’t think there is much pressure. We are on top and we are happy to be there. We have to work hard to remain there and the players know that,” the Scott told club website.
“We will face Chemelil just like we have against other teams. We have some few days to prepare for that game,” he stated. On the playing formation, the coach said he is now using three central defenders which has worked for Gor Mahia well but added that he can always change the pattern depending on the way the opponents play.
Gor Mahia has been fielding Israel Emuge, Haroun Chakava and David Owino at the heart of defense giving fullbacks Godfrey Walusimbi and Musa Mohammed more freedom to venture up front. K’Ogalo has 26 points from 12 matches, four ahead of Chemelil Sugar.
Long serving Gor Mahia full back Solomon Nasio has thanked Gor Mahia fans who came through for him to help pay his medical bills. By Wednesday evening, KSh 113, 724 had been collected for Nasio all in one day. This after the line (0716 373 503) was opened for fans to contribute.
Nasio posted a message in social media.
statement from Nasio
First of all,To God be the glory.
This day will forever remain in my memory.
I would like to Take this opportunity to Thank all those who were able to contribute towards my medical kitty..deep down my heart am so humbled,I never thought such a thing could happen to me,I even don’t know how much I can Thank you guys.Thanks to all those who have made this initiative a success-from the Newspaper guys,websites,kenya football fans at large,friends,relatives and all the well wishers…I don’t take it forgranted.Am truly thankful,Tony Anelka and Erick baraza may God’s light shine upon your lives and everything you do..
Guys am out of words,my family and I I cannot repay you all we can do is say Thank you.. Thank you..Thank you and may The most high Almighty God bless you in abundance. Thank you all may God bless the work of your hands,may he guide and protect all of you..May he fill your lives,He will REWARD you big time..you will never lack. May God’s Will be done.
THANK YOU I LOVE YOU ALL
Nasio had broken his nose during the match against Bandari and had been unable to get medical assistance from the club.
Brief Solomon Nasio profile
The 28 year old Nasio joined Gor Mahia in 2009. Along with Jerim Onyango, he is among the longest serving players in the team. He mostly plays at full back where he is dependable on defence and calm and collected on the ball. Prior to joining Gor Mahia, he played with Dandora youth academy among others and attended Maranda secondary. His contract with Gor Mahia ends in June and fans will be hoping to still see him in the Gor Mahia jersey beyond June.
Statement from Sec Gen Chris Omondi
This statement was posted in social media by Chris Omondi as he sought to distance himself from the accusation that he stated “The club has no money to assist Nasio“.
My take on Solomon Nasio’s issue:-
I regularly attend the teams'(both Senior n Under 19) training sessions to either catch up with the ongoings in the teams or have some pep talk with the TBs,players but oftenly the Captain and Vice Captain……..
Sometime in March during such talks,the captain n vice captain brought to my attention this case after the match against Bandari-that Nasio had a pending surgery procedure since last year…n that this injury explained his early substitution during that Bandari match……they equally told me that the previous officials were aware of his predicament…..the captains told me that since the players felt that the office was not doing anything,they had decided each to contribute 5k to that cause!!!BUT there i was as an official n was not aware of this problem,called the treasurer,he was not aware too…..though the “old” officials were aware of the case…..
I confess that i told the two captains that its embarassing if they were to treat their colleague from their sources n i promised them i am taking up the issue…..i corraborated their story from Nasio,the TM,the Chairman n the team doctor….the player told me he had saved 50k n thus i approached the office for 120k….minutes of several meetings can bail me out on this…..
Whereas this issue is so embarassing to our club n the officials in particular….the rush for blood displayed on the different walls is a bit harsh n some laughable-eg its known you never pay entry to the stadium(coz of reasons not associated with press card) yet you are yelling here the most!!!!
Fellow followers,i believe Nasio’s case illustrate the problems of the past…..problems that have now been forestalled ,at least for one year,by the Players’ n TBs Medical Insurance Cover that was launched yesterday….isnt that positive moving forward??so we get roasted for a past we were not in charge of???
Maybe this exposure may catalyse reactions elsewhere n our player will be treated……HOWEVER,being saddled with problems DOES not mean we lose focus on the future…..we are trying to lay the INFRASTRUCTURE for change……Nasio atatibiwa