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19 Apr 18


By Monday April 16, only two days before Kogalo were to play against Supersport United Gor Mahia still had not obtained tickets nor visas. It took the geneosity of Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko to save the day when he donated 30 tickets. This after Sports minister Mike Achesa had refused to facilitate tickets. Then the intervention of  Ababu Namwamba (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) enabled K’Ogalo to obtain Visas. Still it was too late to save the day for Ephrem Guikan and Tuyisenge who both missed the trip because their work permits did not meet the criteria required by the South African consulate.

Gor Mahia officials have known for over a month that they would require South Africa visas. And fans have been posting online and in social media that previous Kenyan teams have had difficulty getting such visas. In fact the Kenya women’s youth team once camped at the South Africa embassy after the South African embassy started to make things difficult for their travel.

Yet despite all the advance notice, no one in the Executive Committee saw it fit to start working on obtaining Visas and tickets. Had it not been for Namwamba,  who likes sports and a Nairobi governor (Sonko) who is wealthy enough to donate tickets, Gor Mahia would have been disqualified from the 2018 Confederations cup and possible barred from competing in 2019.

So Kogalo fans must thank Sonko for his generosity and Namwamba for coming to the rescue of the club. But Kogalo fans must demand better from the Chairman. How is it possible that he has been in power since 2008 a but has never seen it fit to change the constitution so the club is run by competent people? And how is it that Ludovick Aduda keeps getting appointed as CEO yet he has not proven competent? One wonders what qualifies him to be the club CEO and what if any accomplishments he has achieved.

For years the club fans  have asked for a competent person to be appointed as General Manager. This person should be in charge of the day to day affairs of the club including ticketing, visas, air-tickets, matchday tickets, accounting and so forth. Eventually the club can expand and start appointing another person to perform tasks like marketing the club, pursuing sponsorships and so forth. This person should be on a performance contract. The more money he brings into the club, the more money he should be paid. Let an established firm like KPMG perform the recruiting and hiring of these individuals.

Gor Mahia has lost several international matches due to self inflicted errors. This is because our system of elections does not yield the best candidates. Its time to create a progressive constitution where competent people are hired to run the club. An independent body like KPMG should interview and hire these people. Left to Rachier, he will likely appoint Ludovick Aduda again.

Kogalo was lucky this time that Sonko and Namwamba came to the rescue. If they continue like this then we might see worse during the group stage. Fans must now make their voices heard. We need competent people running the club.

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5 Nov 17

Since Gor Mahia signed a sponsorship deal with Sportpesa, the club has released at least half a dozen different jersey designs. This means that by now, ardent Kogalo fans could have all six jersey designs in their closet or wardrobe.


Unfortunately the club is not taking advantage of these merchandizing opportunities.Most fans who purchase jerseys are still purchasing the old jerseys from 2010 which are made by enterprising businessmen and sold at River road or elsewhere.

If you attend a Kogalo match, you still see fans predominantly wearing these old jerseys.

Fans at Kericho Green stadium recently

And opportunities for merchandizing are limitless: Caps, pens, hats, Tshirts, calendars. Back 30 years ago, the club created a calendar to commemorate the continental triumph. Yours truly remembers remembers visiting many relatives who had this calendar plastered on their walls.

Club calendar for 1988

Calendars and other items can be made to commemorate various occassions such as when the club won the league unbeaten (1976 and 2015), when the club won the league after a 18 year hiatus (2013)  and so forth.

But it requires fans to be educated on where to buy jerseys such that the club benefits.

Kogalo are always facing intense competition from clubs in Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa for the services of key players. Which means the club should always be looking for opportunities to market the club’s merchandize.

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2 Feb 17

Ambrose Rachier announced that the launch of Gomalotto will enable the team to raise far more funds than it can raise via sponsorship, membership or Harambees. The goal according to Rachier is to build a clubhouse, a stadium and an academy.

Mr. Rachier has been promising to build a stadium since he was first elected chairman in 2008. A noble goal indeed. But if the stadium is built, where will the stadium be built.

During the 1990s, then president Moi gave both Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards land on which to build a clubhouse and a training ground. The land was located near Kasarani stadium.

Gor Mahia officials of the time held a formal ceremony which in Luo tradition is called “Goyo Dala” which means creating a homestead. The officials even excitedly announced that the next ceremony would be “Goyo Ligala” which means breaking ground on the first home within the homestead. But nothing happened and the land was eventually grabbed by a political bigwig. Gor Mahia and AFC fans appealed to Moi again and he gave them both land at Embakassi. But again nothing was done with that land. It was not even fenced off. The most recent reports suggest that the land is occupied by squatters.

If Rachier is serious about his plan to build a clubhouse, a training ground or a stadium, he should clarify what the exact state of that land is.

Does the club have the proper title deed? and if not what happened to it.
Is it possible to evict the squatters? if the club does not have the wherewithal to evict squatters then a better idea would be to sell the land and instead purchase land in a location where the club can actually build.


Azam FC stadium in Dar es Salaam

Just having its own training ground will save the club colossal amounts of money. It was previously reported that Gor Mahia used to pay City stadium Ksh 10,000 per day to train at City stadium for only four hours. This means a training ground could save the club over Ksh 200,000 per month. It would also allow players to spend more time on the training ground which would further sharpen their skills. The training ground can also be rented out to other teams. A gym and a clubhouse can raise money for the club because space can be rented out for various functions. And if the club does eventually build a stadium, they could raise significant amounts unlike the current arrangements where stadiums sometimes take as much as 40% of the gate proceedings.

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15 Jan 17

Jerim Onyango’s career at Gor Mahia appears to have come to and end. And it has been an illustrious career. Jerry “Jagoal” as he is popularly known, played for Gor Mahia for nine seasons (2008 to 2016).

He joined Gor Mahia from KRA in 2008 just when Gor Mahia started its recovery path from the doldrums. He immediately found his way into the starting line-up, taking the place of Jacktone Odhiambo who left to join Ulinzi.  Odhiambo had been a reliable custodian, but Jerim proved a better option. He had early success, helping Kogalo win the FKF cup in 2008
He would immediately establish himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the country. With Jerim between the posts, Gor Mahia improved from 8th place in 2008 to 5th place in 2009 before coming close to winning the league in 2010 and again in 2012. His first national team call up came in 2011. When the previous long serving captain Julius Owino left the club, Jerim was the natural choice to become captain due to his leadership abilities. Indeed he was voted captain by his team-mates for three years in a row.

When Kogalo finally won the league in 2013 after an 18 year hiatus, it was largely because they conceded only 15 goals, which was seven better than the next closest team. And Jerim was the focal point of Gor Mahia’s stingy defence with incredible save after incredible save. Indeed 2013 was his best year. It was the year he was voted KPL goalkeeper of the year and was the first choice goalkeeper for Harambee stars. So good was Jerim that he received overtures from arch rivals AFC Leopards who offered him a contract.

His only drawback among fans was his inability to save penalties. He would put those doubts to rest in dramatic fashion in January of 2014 in the opening round of the Africa champions league against US Bitam of Gabon. On that day Jerim saved two penalties in the run of play and two more penalties in the ensuing penalty shootout to steer Kogalo into the next round.

Jerim was the first choice goalkeeper throughout 2014. Though he lost his starting position in 2015, Jerim was still captain and the most dedicated player on the squad, encouraging players from the bench and in training while maintaining a positive attitude even when he was not getting playing time.

Having played for Gor Mahia for nine seasons, Jerim is probably the longest serving player the club has had in the new millenium. Players today rarely stay at the top for that long. The club record for most years is likely held by George Otieno “Solo” who stayed for 13 years. So Jerim is among the longest serving players. And he did so with distinction, dedication, discipline and excellence while providing good leadership.

He will now pursue a career in politics. In 2017, Jerim will run for Member of County Assembly(MCA) in his home area of Ugunja in Ugenya constituency. He has been doing the groundwork for the past several years by holding the Jerry Jagoal tournament every year. He deserves the support of Kenya football fans as a thank you for years of dedicated service. The sport of football will benefit from having people like Jerim in positions where the sport can benefit.

Jerim Onyango pictorial

As a student at Kamkunji secondary


Winning the KFF cup in his first season at the club


Swopping places with penalty specialist Ivo Mapunda


With governor Mutua, inspecting Machakos stadium before CECAFA 2013



After receiving KPL goalkeeper of the year 2013


One of the four penalties he saved against US Bitam


At the world cup in 2014 with Musa Mohamed and Kasaya


Arriving in Gabon 2014

A natural leader of men


Training in 2016


Mobbed by fans after retaining the league in 2014


Saying goodbye to coach Bobby Williamson in August 2014


Corallling an unruly fan at Awendo in 2014


With the Gor Mahia U19 team in 2015


At the funeral of Zablon Otieno “Pro”

With KPL trophy 2013

Training the youth

Jerry Jagoal tournament in Ugunja in 2016


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22 Sep 16

Gor Mahia’s maverick athletic trainer Sandro Fantoni, arrived at the club this January, accompanying coach Ze Maria. Fantoni, who has been nicknamed “Onyango” by fans is often seen parading up and down the sidelines, gesturing wildy, shouting at match officials. So much so that he once had to be calmed by players as he stormed the field, accusing the referee of biased officiating.

The law finally caught up with Fantoni. He has been suspended for one match by the league’s Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC)  who found the Italian guilty of poor conduct in several.

The committee has further asked Fantoni to review his temper and reactions, warning that they will respond very harshly if he is involved in another case of misconduct this season.

“Mr. Fantoni will serve a further period of exclusion for one match being the immediate next Gor Mahia FC match following this decision. For that match Mr. Fantoni shall not be allowed within any area of the applicable stadium.

“Mr. Fantoni is further put on notice to review and temper his actions/reactions and that any reference to this committee for misconduct within this season if proved shall attract stiffer penalties,” the IDCC ruling read.


Sandro Fantoni, has been a trainer for several top Italian sides , most recently  Salerno Calcio and Salernitana. His most recent position was in Saudi Arabia with Al-Ra’ed . Prior to that he was in Romania, training  the players of Ceahlaul, a military side in the top Romanian league.It was here that he worked with Ze Maria.

Prior to that, he was in China as an assistant coach of Tianjin, when the head coach was was Beppe Materazzi. That was in 2003.  He is a a football nomad,  who in Italy has worked with teams like Lazio, Frosinone , Bari, Taranto and Novara.

In Salerno – where he won two consecutive championships, series D and Serie C – all remember him with affection and respect, due to his excellent wor. In Italy he is famously known as the Grenade. 

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19 Sep 16

The 2016 Kenya Premier League race is going to be a close race. With six matches left, the playing unit will need fans to throw their weight behind them. Skipper Musa Mohamed has stated that fan support has been a significant key to victory in the last two matches.

“Our supporters too were very crucial in the win as they have always been, Gor’s long-serving defender”

With that in mind, fans should make their way back to the terraces to help carry the team as the league goes to the final sprint in what promises to be a photo finish. The club can do its part by perhaps lowering ticket prices significantly and aggressively promoting matches.

Let us make the 12th man count !

Remaining Fixtures

Sun 25-09-16 16:15 Sofapaka vs Gor Mahia Nyayo Stadium
Wed 12-10-16 16:15 Gor Mahia vs Western Stima Nyayo Stadium
Sun 23-10-16 15:00 AFC Leopards vs Gor Mahia Nyayo Stadium
Sun 30-10-16 16:15 Gor Mahia vs Mathare United Kasarani Stadium
Sat 05-11-16 15:00 Muhoroni Youth vs Gor Mahia Moi Stadium
Sat 19-11-16 15:00 Gor Mahia vs Tusker Nyayo Stadium

What happened to the crowds?

But even as Musa Mohamed lauds the fan base for helping push the team in the last two games,  he must be wondering what happened to the massive crowds he first witnessed when he joined the club  back in 2009. The years between 2009 and 2011 saw the highest crowds that Gor Mahia has seen during this millenium. Even midweek matches would cause Nyayo stadium to be packed to the rafters. Such was the case when Gor Mahia played Sofapaka in a tense midweek encounter in 2010.

Gor Mahia vs Sofapaka in a midweek encounter in 2010

Gor Mahia vs Sofapaka in a midweek encounter in 2010

And this was during a period when Gor Mahia had gone 15 years without winning a league title and a top 5 finish was a huge achievement. Yet back then the fan support was more passionate and attendance was impressive. It seemed like it was just a matter of time before Kogalo started recording crowds like those that were seen in the early 1980s.

This a starke contrast to what is happening today.  Now Gor Mahia have won the league three times in a row. Last year the club won the league unbeaten. So you would think the crowds would be even larger than they were in 2010.  Yet the exact opposite is true. You now see Gor Mahia playing at Nyayo stadium with vast swathes of the stadium unfilled. Such was the case last weekend when Gor Mahia played Chemelil at Nyayo.

Where were the fans?

So what has happened and what can be done?  There are a number of steps that can be taken:

Reduce ticket prices

Though the current ticket prices are low (Ksh 500 of Main stand and Ksh 200 for terraces), reducing the ticket prices will be seen as a sign of goodwill by many fans. And for many non-fans who having nothing else to do on a Saturday, the psychological effect of spending only Ksh 100 to watch a top tier match will be compelling

Enhance security and re-assure the public

Recent incidences of insecurity are the key factor in falling attendance. There have been some terrible incidences including one where a fan died. So much so that most people now see attending a Gor Mahia of AFC match as taking your life in your hands. In January Gor Mahia announced enhanced security measures including adding plainclothes policemen and jail cells within the stadium. But all this was undone when a handful of fans wreaked havoc in the match against Tusker costing Gor Mahia 3 points. How did this fan cause so much havoc if there is extra security?

Not only should Gor Mahia enhance security in and around the stadium to prevent such incidences, but the club should also seek to re-assure the public that because of the extra security, the stadium is now a much safer place. And the club must re-assure the public that this security will be in place whether Gor Mahia is the host team or not.

Promote matches

There used to be a buzz around Gor Mahia matches. The stadium was considered a hip place to be. Politicians would be seen occupying prominent positions at the main stand. The Kenya tourism board would encourage tourists to attend matches. As such it was not uncommon to see hoardes of tourists at matches.

Some of this happened because the club was getting good publicity. For example the report below by Mike Okinyi of citizen sports was one among many that sent neutral fans scampering to the stadium.

That report was like solid gold for attendance. Such positive coverage was a key reason that attendance was soaring.

This positive coverage no longer happens. Nowadays every news report is about hooliganism. Many of the young ladies you see in that video have been discouraged by their parents from attending matches.

Aside from anti-hooliganism measures, the club can publicize positive aspects of the team and the playing unit. Gor Mahia has international calibre players like Tuyisenge and a coach who played for Brazil. These are just two aspects that can be used to market the team to potential fans.

It is up to the club to bring this buzz back. Partner with news outlets to create positive stories. For every story about hooliganism, the club should work hard to create positive stories. The club’s fans have dug a deep hole in terms of public relations. Its now up to the same fans and the club officials to come up with creative ways to restore the club’s image and make the stadium a hip destination again.



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11 Sep 16

Legendary coach and former player James Aggrey Sianga passed away on Friday September-9-2016 after a long battle with diabetes.

Sianga was a founder player of this club when it was formed in 1968. He also played for national team for an incredible 12 years and is considered one of the best goalkeepers the country has ever produced. As a coach he coached the Kenya national team on numerous occasions. he coached various clubs in the country including Tusker and Re-Union.

Gor Mahia fans will remember him most for his stint as club coach in 2007 and 2008. It was he who brought a group of young players on boatd including Eric Masika, Anthony Akumu, Duncan Owiti and George Odhiambo. These players were the backbone of the youthful teams that finished second in the league in 2010 and 2012.  as well as winning the FKF cup in 2011 and 2012.

On behalf of aka Gor Mahia online supporters club, this author would like to thank Sianga for his good work over the years. May he rest in peace.

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21 Jun 16

IDAC has rejected Gor Mahia’s appeal against the IDCC ruling that docked the club three points due to crowd trouble in the match against Tusker. The ruling now stands and Gor Mahia have gone from first to fourth position. Gor Mahia will also have to pay the costs associated with the appeal.

The IDCC ruling has proven that even if Gor Mahia are not the host team, they will still be held responsible for policing their own fans.  Above all things, the ruling shows that IDCC is now taking a no-nonsense stance against acts of hooliganism. Accordingly the club must now step up its game regarding match security.

This means properly trained and accredited stewards, additional police in the crowds as well as plain clothes policemen within the crowd. This is something chairman Ambrose Rachier promised in January yet was nowhere to be seen against Tusker.  Bhang smoking which is commonplace in matches and which leads to irrational fan behavior should be banned and bhang users should be arrested. As this column pointed out in January, significant portion of the Sportpesa sponsorship money should be allocated to security.

Fans must also police themselves. The primary culprit in the Tusker match is likely well known and should have been reported to the police by fans who know him.

The players are working hard in training and on the field to earn precious points in each game. Therefore a few unruly fans should not undo the hard work of the players. The club is also lucky to have signed a sponsorship after three years without a sponsor. Fan behavior could lead to cancelation of the sponsorship or refusal by Sportpesa to renew the deal when it expires.

But its up to the club to step up its security mechanisms.


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15 Mar 16

Coach Frank Nuttall took over as Gor Mahia coach in August of 2014 just when coach Bobby Willianmson had left to take over a new role as Harambee Stars coach. His impact was immediate, not only did Gor Mahia maintain its lead in the league standings, but Nuttall drastically improved the scoring output. Whereas George Odhiambo Blackberry and Dan Sserunkuma were previously not in sync, Nuttall crafted a new tactic, deploying Blackberry on the wings where the latter thrived in his new role as a supplier of quality balls to Sserunkuma and others. The net result was that the Gor Mahia scoring ouput increased significantly.

In 2015 under coach Nuttall, Gor Mahia won the league unbeaten and went on to set new league records for scoring goals, points, wins and goal differential. They are records that are unlikely to be broken any time soon. Gor Mahia also won three titles and almost won the CECAFA cup and GoTV shield in what was the best domestioc season the club has had.

Nuttall also worked under difficult conditions with delayed salaries, players on strike and go slows, and demoralized technical staff. Despite all this, Nuttall was able to keep the playing unit focused and successful. He would end up being voted KPL coach of the year 2015.

Nuttall’s role in Gor Mahia’s success in 2014 and 2015 can therefore not be gainsaid. He was a fan favourite as evidenced by the reaction of fans when they found out that he was being fired. The bone of contention was the Chairman’s demand that Nuttall take a 50% pay cut. No self-respecting professional can accept a such pay cut when a contract was already signed. If he knew his salary was going to be halved, he may not have come to Kenya in the first place. Therefore this was an unreasonable request.

Due to Fan pressure he was promptly re-instated albeit temporarily and continued to work professionally amid a frozen relationship between him and the club executive committee. But the situation became untenable and Nuttall had to leave especially after the club’s poor start to the 2016 season where they went five matches without a win under Nuttall.

Nuttall eventually left for Egypt where he came assistant coach for Zamalek under his friend Alex McLeish.

On behalf of GORMAHIA.NET aka Gor Mahia online supporters branch, we would like to thank Nuttall and wish success in his future endeavours.

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3 Feb 16

Now that Gor Mahia have landed a much needed sponsorship with reputed betting company Sportpesa, fans, players and officials can breathe a sigh of relief. For the next few years at least, fans might not have to worry about player strikes or go-slows and will worry less about players and coaches being recruited by Tanzanian teams and perhaps even Zambian teams. That is all dependent on whether Gor Mahia can maintain the sponsorship for the duration of the contract.

Gor Mahia officials in particular chairman Ambrose Rachier are to be commended . Ever since Tuzo announced the end of their sponsorship of the club in February of 2014, club officials have been pursuing other sponsorship deals while also pursuing other avenues with which to raise revenue including the 35010 pay-bill number, club membership, the Gor Mahia SACCO and the Gor Mahia bread initiative. The officials have had to explain away the negative publicity the club has received while also battling the political intrigues that have prevented the club from garnering sponsorship.

There is a danger that club officials will now sit back and relax. This is precisely what happened when Gor Mahia first signed the landmark sponsorship deal with Tuzo in 2011. Club officials sat back and did not pursue any other avenues for revenue. When Tuzo left, the club was left flat broke, destitute and with nothing to show for three years of sponsorship : No assets to fall back on and no plan B.

It is interesting that fans and officials often urge players to plan for their retirement years because too many players are often broke and destitute when their playing days are over. Yet this is the position the club found itself in when Tuzo left. Indeed this is the situation the club has found itself in for most of its existence.

It is indeed true that the current sponsorship team is scheduled to last for five years. But there is also a possibility that the deal can end prematurely such as if Sportpesa goes bankrupt or cannot meet its obligations or there is a breach of contract by the club. Were any of these to happen the club will once again be left with no plan B.

Continue to pursue other revenue streams

The club should learn from recent history. Rather than sit back and relax, the club should continue to aggressively pursue other avenues for revenue including the existing ones. The money offered by the new sponsors Sportpesa will go a long way to paying player dues but it will not cover all expenses including travel to tournaments like CECAFA nor hosting Africa champions league teams. This is why the club should not rest on its laurels but must continue to pursue the aforementioned initiaves : the 35010 paybill number, club membership, the Gor Mahia SACCO and the Gor Mahia bread initiative. As things stand now, the SACCO which was announced to plenty of fanfare and which promised professional management has gone moribund. Club membership is as paltry as ever despite the club having announced aggressive membership recruitment numerous times.

Despite how valuable the shirt and kit deals have become for Europe’s top teams, they still remain a relatively small portion of total annual income. Below is a graph comparing the combined value of each team’s shirt and kit deals – to total revenue

Graph showing sponsorship income compared to other revenue streams

Secure the future with appreciating assets

With the financial cushion available, the club can now plan for a future without a sponsor which is still possible. Some have suggested that a team bus should be purchased to replace the one that was repossessed due to outstanding debts. But that is a vanity project largely for showing off. And a bus is a depreciating asset that costs a lot of money to maintain, requires a significant amount of insurance. It may make more business sense to lease a bus from a reputable company.

A more prudent investment for the club would be to obtain a training ground. First of all land always appreciates in value. The training ground would alleviate the colossal expenses involved in renting training grounds at Camp Toyoyo or City stadium which charges Ksh 10,000 per day. Having a piece of land is the first step towards building a stadium. The training ground can be leased to other clubs for use, perhaps even the Nairobi county league. The money generated can be used to build terraces and eventually transform from a simply training ground to a stadium. But again such projects will only be possible if the club continues to pursue other financial avenues besides the sponsorship.

Securing a training ground could save the club millions each year and generate millions more.

Ambrose Rachier has promised for several years to build a stadium for the club. A training ground of its on would be a good starting point. The club owns land in Embakassi that is currently occupied by squatters. Perhaps they can work with the county government to get a hold of that land.

Use sponsorship money to deter hooliganism

Ambrose Rachier knows best why Gor Mahia lost the sponsorship with Tuzo. Some say it was likely due to hooliganism. Tuzo for their part complained that among other things they were not generating enough money from jersey sales. Since hooliganism is a clear and present danger that could cause the club to lose its sponsorship now and in the future, then the club must invest a significant portion of the money from sportpesa to enhance security inside and outside the stadium. This could mean hiring more police and placing them strategically among the crowds and hiring plainclothes policemen who can arrest fans who choose to misbehave inside or outside the stadium. This also means extra police for away games. The excuse that the home team is responsible for security will not work when the club’s reputation is at stake.

Educate fans

Going two years without a sponsor should have chastened fans about hooliganism. But do not count on it. Therefore the club must continue to educate the fans about the importance of good behavior whether it is by addressing them directly at stadia or through the branches. And here the club must really listen to its sponsors. In the past, fans openly resisted buying Tuzo jerseys instead preferring to buy the jerseys labeled as “Gor Mahia”. This was one of Tuzo’s complaints. This time the club must do whatever it takes to ensure only sponsor approved jerseys are available for sale and educate the fan base on why it is important to purchase only approved jerseys. And the club can still generate revenue by selling other items be it calendars or pens or jackets.

Counter bad publicity with public relations exercises

There will inevitably be cases of hooliganism from fans which many media types will be eager to highlight partly for political reasons and partly because it makes for interesting television. The club must therefore be proactive in terms of promoting its positive aspects. There are a number of fan groups who participate in public relations activities such as the Mater heart run, visiting children at the Kenyatta children’s ward and so forth. Yet most people in the public sphere are not aware of these good deeds because the club does not highlight them. Such activities are often never reported on by the major media outlets.

Whenever the club is announcing its new signings, the club is able to ensure that the event is well covered by all the major media outlets with numerous cameras and armies of journalists covering the event. So why can’t the club do the same for public relations events? Why not have players actually visit the Kenyatta hospital childrens ward and make sure TV cameras are there? The key is to highlight good public relations. Every hooliganism event reported by the media, should be countered with several well-orchestrated and well publicized public relations activity by the club in conjunction with the sponsors. This will help build goodwill amongst the public such that when the Sportpesa sponsorship ends in five years, other companies will line up to sponsor the team.



Hire a competent CEO / General Manager on a performance contract

In the past the club hired Lordvick Aduda as CEO. His duties were not properly outlined and he was later accused of being a Sam Nyamweya stooge upon which he was either forced out or resigned of his own volition.

What the club needs is a CEO with the appropriate background in football management, understands FIFA laws and FKF statutes, understands transfer rules, has a financial and marketing background. This professional will be in charge of initiatives like membership drives. His contract should be based on how much he or she enhances gate collections, memberships subscriptions, SACCO membership, Gor Mahia bread sales, jersey sales, merchandize sales and so forth. Basically the more revenue that this person can generate, the more they should be paid. A classic performance contract.

This arrangement will ensure the corruption that happens at the stadium gates where many fans enter free do not happen. This person will assuage fan concerns about accountability by publishing the club accounts. This person will ensure compliance with FIFA rules and the sports act. This person will be responsible for building the club’s asset base and planning for future rainy days such as losing sponsorship.

The club needs a full time employee especially now that the chairman is busy as KPL chairman and is busy campaigning for the FKF chairmanship. The club secretary general Chris Omondi has been missing in action while the other EC members while some of them are hardworking, are not full time employees. Most of them have other jobs they must attend to.

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