Gor Mahia has established a working partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Society, the parastatal that is in charge of protecting wild life. The report posted on futaa.com suggests that Gor Mahia will lead the wildlife preservation campaign dubbed “Say no to poaching”.
“We have entered in a partnership with KWS in their ‘Say No to Poaching’ campaign whereby they will be part of us when needed especially branding during our matches and in times we have visitors during the continental matches, they will help us in guiding the visitors who wish to tour the park, ” club official David Kilo told futaa.com
Gor Mahia will need to be careful not to contravene their previous kitting deal with Joma.
Under the agreement, Gor Mahia will benefit from branding and KWS will assist in hosting foreign visitors which comes in handy since chairman Ambrose Rachier has indicated that hosting a team in the champions league costs the club KES 7 million.
KWS Chairman Julius Cheptei was optimistic that the partnership will be useful in bolstering the anti-poaching campaign.
“We have entered in a partnership with KWS in their ‘Say No to Poaching’ campaign whereby they will be part of us when needed especially branding during our matches and in times we have visitors during the continental matches, they will help
Though it is not the lucrative sponsorship deal that Gor Mahia fans have been hoping for, it is an opportunity for Gor Mahia to improve the club’s public image and make the club more palatable to potential sponsors. Gor Mahia has had some bad publicity of late. And Gor Mahia has plenty of enemies. Supporting a worthy cause like promoting tourism and protecting wildlife could be the tonic that the club needs to navigate its way back into the good graces of potential sponsors. This is espcially true considering that the country is highly dependent on tourism.
Unfortunately there have been a few bad elements in the fan base that have jeopardized Gor Mahia’s chances of landing a sponsor, the president’s idle promise notwithstanding. Therefore this club must work hard to get back in the good graces of sponsors. This is just one step in that direction.
Gor Mahia said to be chasing Brian Umony
A report in the Daily Nation suggests that Gor Mahia are pursuing Ugandan striker Brian Umony as a replacement for the departing Dan Sserunkuma. The 26-year-old striker has previously played for KCC (Uganda), SuperSport United and University of Pretoria (South Africa), Portland Timbers, (USA), Becamex Binh Duong (Vietnam) and Azam (Tanzania) and his representatives are understood to be awaiting a formal offer from the Kenyan champions. His greatets success came in 2008 when he was top scorer in the CECAFA senior challenge cup. More recently he returned to Uganda to play for KCCA and in November, he attended trials in Thailand.
Gor Mahia are also chasing Ezekiel Otuoma of Muhoroni Youth, though Muhoroni have said he is not for sale. Kepha Aswani is also a potential target for the club. The reports also indicates that Gor Mahia is also considering re-signing two former players, Kevin ‘Daddy’ Omondi and Edwin Lavatsa, who have returned to the country after failed stints abroad.