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.

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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.

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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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Gor Mahia refuses to sign onto Betking sponsorship

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier is suspicious of Betking’s sponsorship deal with the FKF and wants to scrutinize the deal first.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Controversy continues to surround the BetKing sponsorship announced by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) after two clubs declined to sign an undertaking to receive an initial Sh500,000 released on Friday as part of the annual grants.

Record Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia and Kakamega Homeboyz didn’t append their signatures on necessary documents to receive the cash which has already been sent to 15 Kenyan Premier League clubs.

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier said he has to scrutinise the original sponsorship documents before making a decision.

Rachier revealed that he will be heading to the FKF Goal Project offices on Monday to thoroughly and keenly study the BetKing sponsorship contract and seek answers on how it will affect their operations with Betsafe which recently sponsored K’Ogalo to the tune of Sh55 million.

This is because the two companies are rivals and there maybe conflict of interest in their operations.

“What was brought to us in our meeting was just highlights on the amount, commission and the percentage that should go to the agent Andrea Silva. I have to know the impact of the contract on our relations with Betsafe,” he said.

“I will be heading to their offices on Monday to thoroughly scrutinise it and if all my questions are not answered then I won’t sign,” he added.

K’Ogalo have made it known that they won’t settle for a lower sponsorship package that will affect their current partnership with Betsafe.

Kakamega Homeboyz chairman Cleophas Shimanyula also poked holes in the BetKing sponsorship saying he will not be party to it since it lacks credibility.

“I won’t sign any document for my club to receive initial Sh500,000 because these are just tactics being used by (FKF President Nick) Mwendwa to be re-elected,” he said.

Meanwhile Tusker chairman Dan Aduda has said the five-member committee formed to oversee KPL’s transition to FKF Premier league said they will also scrutinise the details of the sponsorship deal to verify its credibility and not just rubber stamp it.

The committee is headed by Ulinzi Stars chairman Eric Oloo. Other members are Dan Shikanda (AFC Leopards), Ken Ochieng (Zoo), Robert Maoga (Kariobangi Sharks) and Tusker’s Aduda.

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Gor Mahia signs Levis Opiyo

Gor Mahia have signed a vastly experienced goalkeeper Levis Opiyo to shore up the goalkeeping position. Tanzanian David Mapigano has said he is not sure about returning.

Additional reporting from goal.com

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Gor Mahia have completed the signing of goalkeeper Levis Opiyo.

Opiyo was a free agent after his contract with Nairobi City Stars expired and he expressed an unwillingness to extend it.

A source from Gor Mahia has indicated to Goal the former Thika United custodian has already put pen to paper for a fairly long deal.
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“[Levis] Opiyo has signed a two-year contract with Gor Mahia already. He has visited the club’s office where he signed the papers to serve Gor Mahia for the two seasons ahead,” the source told Goal.

Goal also understands Fredrick Odhiambo has been released by Gor Mahia and his place is expected to be filled by Opiyo.

“It is also true that [Fredrick] Odhiambo has left the club,” the source added.

“This is just the beginning of our transfer activities in the market as we hope to assemble a better and competitive team going forward.

“We need a team that will help mount a good campaign both at the domestic and international levels.”

Opiyo is expected to battle for a starting position with Boniface Oluoch who has remained a key man for a dominant K’Ogalo side in the Premier League scene since 2015 when he was signed from Tusker.

The exit of David Mapigano, who was signed before the 2019/20 season began, is understood to have made Gor Mahia prioritise the signing of a goalkeeper.

Opiyo has played for one foreign club in his career, lower league German side Fortuna Babelsberg. He has played for many local clubs including Posta Rangers, Thika United, Sofapaka, Mathare United, Mahakama FC, Western Stima and Vihiga United.

He made his name at Thika United where he worked with goalkeepers Lukas Indeche, Zamu Adisa and Joel Bataro when the Thika-based club was still in the KPL.

Gor Mahia are also understood to have reached an agreement with defender Kevin Okumu.

Okumu, like Opiyo, were key for Nairobi City Stars in the National Super League (NSL) where they were declared champions when the league was cancelled due to the coronavirus.

Nairobi City Stars Chief Executive Officer Patrick Korir confirmed both Opiyo and Okumu left the club due to expiration of their contracts.

“Yes, Opiyo left after his contract expired and Okumu hinted he had other offers and that is why he could not extend his stay with us,” Korir told Goal.

Opiyo’s signing is the first Gor Mahia have completed and they are linked with a number of local stars.

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Gor Mahia officials accused of pocketing Ksh 15 million


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Betting firm BetKing is contemplating taking action against Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants Gor Mahia for declining a deal with them despite, allegedly, accepting a KSh15 million downpayment.

The new KPL sponsors were keen on sponsoring K’Ogalo and had reportedly agreed on a KSh30M annual sponsorship deal

Weeks ago, K’Ogalo announced another betting firm Betsafe as their shirt sponsors in a three-year-deal starting in the 2020/21 season. According to the details of the deal, Gor Mahia will get KSh55 million per year from the organization.

“They have a new sponsor but it is going to put them in trouble soon,” a senior source revealed to Goal on Thursday.

“The company [BetKing] were keen on sponsoring the team; it was on a Ksh30 million deal and everything had been agreed, and the downpayment already made. We were shocked by their last-minute change and the unveiling of our competitors.”

Reportedly, the KSh15 million was wired in a different account with a local bank, where only three officials from the club are signatories. It is a move which has raised eyebrows considering the fact that Gor Mahia have an active bank account.

As opposed to BetKing, Betsafe paid Gor Mahia Ksh5 million as downpayment, with another amount set to hit K’Ogalo accounts in a couple of weeks.

When reached for comment, Gor Mahia Secretary-General Ronald Ngala had a different version.

“We signed a deal with our kit manufacturer Umbro who promised to bring an unnamed shirt sponsor,” Ngala told Goal.

“There was no contact, no deal signed or any deal involving BetKing with Gor Mahia. Somethings we are reading are not true since Umbro had not revealed the shirt sponsors they were bringing on board.

“We went on with our search for a new sponsor and Betsafe agreed to come on board. That is when we came to understand Umbro had intentions of bringing on board BetKing who they are partnering with.”

And what about the downpayment?

“We did not receive the purported KSh15 million as reported but half the amount which was from Umbro,” Ngala continued.

“The monies were wired to the Gor Mahia accounts, the alleged account… does not exist… We only have one account, and it belongs to the club, Gor Mahia.”

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Group of fans seek injunction to stop election


A group of fans are going to stop the Gor Mahia elections that are slated for August

Additional reporting from goal.com

The polls have been scheduled for August but the process might fail to go on should the stakeholders seek a court injunction

Gor Mahia elections scheduled for August may not take place as planned as some members have challenged the constitutionality of the Elections Board.

In a letter obtained by Goal, Omollo and Omollo Co. Advocates acting for Ben Mathews Agunda, David Osewe Odero, Alfred Odhiambo Otieno, Gilbert Otieno Wandera, George Ochieng Gombe, Meshack Odera and Edder Jalang’o, who are members of Gor Mahia, have asked the polls be stopped or else they will move to court.

“We are instructed that you are currently engaged in an electoral process whose substance and the process is in violation of Sports Act no. 25 of 2013 and Gor Mahia Football Club Constitution in the following manner.” read the opening paragraph of the demand letter.
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“We are instructed that Gor Mahia have held its elections on December 11th 2016 from which the current Executive Committee derives its mandate.

“Under the constitution of the club, the Executive Committee was elected to a term of two years from the date of the election.

“We are also instructed that you purported to have conducted secretive and fraudulent elections on 9th March 2019 at Jukwaa Lounge wherein you equally filed fraudulent returns with the Registrar of Societies on April 30th of 2019. We are instructed that the said meeting and or election did not take place as alleged or at all.

“We are further instructed that under the same rules, you purported to have amended the constitution of the club and forwarded the same fraudulent document to the Sports Registrar.

“We are instructed that the said document purporting to be the constitution of the club does not in material respect or comply with the club’s conditional certificate of registration dated 8th June 2018, the Act or indeed the regulations made thereunder.”

The Elections Board and its formation are at the forefront of what has been contested by the members, who have questions regarding the mandatory Gor Mahia elections.

“We are further instructed that the Executive Committee members unilaterally abrogated upon themselves the powers to appoint members of the club’s Elections Board without consultation or approval of the members or any other stakeholders,” continued the letter.

“We are instructed that the same Elections Board has now come up with unlawful and illegal elections rules, regulations, guidelines, timetables and calendars and nomination forms.

“We are further instructed that all these activities of the biased Elections Board are designed to perpetuate the continued stay of the incumbents in office and indeed we are instructed that the chairman has already been declared as elected unopposed.

“We are instructed that most of the members including Ambrose Rachier and Francis Wasuna are term-limited by the act and therefore barred from contesting in any further elections of the club.”

The seven members have gone ahead and given the club a period of time within which their requests must be acted upon.

“We are under instructions to demand the following; Cease and desist from further conduct of the fraudulent elections purportedly scheduled for 8th August 2020,” it concluded.

“Adhere to the conditions of registration as stipulated by the Sports Registrar in the certificate of registration dated 8th June 2020.

“Conduct the club’s elections in accordance with Article 81 of the Constitution of the Republic of Kenya, 2010, the Act and the Club’s Constitution.

“We demand immediate written confirmation of your agreement to meet our legal demand together with an indication of how you intend to comply.

“We regret that unless we receive such written confirmation and accompanying proposals within the next seven (7) days, we will file a suit to enforce our clients’ rights without further notice and at your risk as to the costs and other consequences.”

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