The contract of Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda has been terminated.
Aduda now says that he quit and was not fired and has taken the decision after the management decided to go against the Football Kenya Federation directive by announcing that they will participate in the Kenyan Premier League.
“I advised the club not to go against FKF’s decisions but I am not ready to hold onto a position whereas my advice is not being considered by the club.”
He denied that he has been working with the Football Kenya Federation to undermine the club’s management insisting that he will stand by the FIFA statutes. He further said that Gor Mahia may suffer the consequences of going against FKF
“I am not ready to be antagonized by the repercussions of the decision that the club (Gor Mahia) has taken to go against the federation” he continued.
Aduda is clearly misguided on this issue. To begin with, all 16 teams in the KPL have decided to stay within KPL. Does Aduda want Gor Mahia to play in a FKF league by itself?
He speaks of FIFA statutues yet it is FIFA itself that has mandated that the league be run by KPL and that the league must remain 16 teams. And from a financial perspective, there is no evidence that Nyamweya will compensate clubs for the loss of Supersport money so what should each club do. He may be correct however that Gor Mahia as a club should not take an antagonistic stance against FKF.
It is true that Aduda has been CEO for a brief period. But in that brief period, what new initiatives has he started. The primary job of a CEO should be to raise the financial profile of the club by starting initiatives that can generate money for the club. In this regard, if Gor Mahia is interested in hiring a new CEO, they should perform thorough interviews with people who have a financial background and hire them on performance contracts.
The one area where Mr. Aduda is right is that Gor Mahia should not take an antagonistic stance against FKF. The FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya has now called for dialogue
“All football stakeholders will engage in dialogue and further discussion until next week as we seek an amicable and unifying solution ahead of the start of the new FKF premier league season. This is in a bid to avoid making rushed decisions so that the final outcome is a way acceptable and favorable to everyone” reads a statement from Nyamweya.
If the FKF is genuinely looking for a resolution that benefits all parties, then I would urge Ambrose Rachier as KPL Chairman to take the offer with both hands.