Courtesy of the Standard
Nairobi,Kenya:Former Gor Mahia players are destined for greater things with the launch of their welfare association in Nairobi at the weekend.
The launch, which was presided over by Langata MP Joshua Olum and businessman Eric Adede, attracted over 50 former K’Ogalo players from across the country.
The group, to be run by former players including Hezron Omondi (chairman), George Odhiambo (secretary) and Julius Owino (treasurer) has Adede as chairman and Tom Joseph Mboya Oriko as his assistant.
“This is a step in the right direction. Our next project is to hold a fundraiser on October 12 to buy a Nissan matatu and ten motorbikes,” Owino told FeverPitch.
Peter Dawo, who attended the event from Kisumu was optimistic the welfare group will give him a lifeline.
Dawo said: “I brought glory to Kenya and Gor Mahia when I won the Mandela Cup, it is sad to say that the only thing I received was Sh1,000 for the feat, but with the launch of this association, I hope our lives will improve.”
David Ochieng’ Kamoga, another football great who attended the launch said the group has come at the right time.
Adede said two sports financial consultants from South African clubs Kaiser Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will be flown in a fortnight to talk to the former players on how to invest and manage their projects.
He added that similar welfare groups will be set up in
September for current players and another one for fans in October.
“Local players suffer at the end of their careers because of lack of alternative ways to earn livelihood, this is the reason we are trying to bring positive changes at Gor Mahia,” said Adede who promised to pay medical bills for Francis Akang’o and Nathan Munai who picked knee injuries when they played for the club.
During the event, Langata legislator donated Sh250,000 into the former player’s kitty, with Oriko contributing Sh100,000.
Sally Bolo, a management consultant with an advocate firm in Nairobi, volunteered to train the former players on life skills during the event attended by former Gor Mahia Organising Secretary Tom Ataro.