Chairman Ambrose Rachier has dismissed critics who of late have been accusing him of mishandling and even embezzling club funds. Rachier is adamant that for the past two years, there has been no money to embezzle.
“Corruption comes in when there is money to be stolen. Where was the money in Gor Mahia? Gor had no sponsor, I’m the one who knows where the money to run this club came from. All these noise you hearing now is from the fact that we have two sponsors now. The noise makers are targeting to control the new found money,” he said to Citizen FM.
A section of Fans have been clamouring for elections. Some have even started campaigning. One fellow told a local radio station that if he were to become chairman, the mashemeji derby would raise Ksh 50 million per game. But Rachier insists that there will be no elections anytime soon. He however will call a meeting to discuss the current status of the club.
“I will soon call for a SGM to explain to members the new developments, especially as far as the sports act of 2013 is concerned. Then from the SGM if they want elections I will call for elections. But not when the season is on.” he continued.
Fans will be keen to see Rachier account for among other things:
1. Gate collections
2. How is the sponsor money spent?
3. How is the kit sponsorship money spent
4. What are the proceeds from the Gor Mahia SACCO and how are they spent?
5. Other revenue streams such as Gor Mahia water which retails for Ksh 50 and the Gor Mahia bread
Note that Gor Mahia water was available for sale at the stadium on Saturday and a club official said the club was happey with the revenue.
“It is a new revenue stream for us and we are urging our fans to support us by buying the water.” said the official.
Rachier went on to say that he will fulfill the pledge he made in 2008 to build a stadium for the club.
“We have land in Embakasi, but if the squatters are still there, then we will activate plan B. There is land at Kasarani that the new FKF president says we can build a stadium. I’m talking to partners to make this a reality.”
Meddie Kagere on the way back?
Rwandese striker Meddie Kagere, who left the club in December is back in town and may start training with the team again with a view to rejoining the club in June.
“He is our former player and because he is free, he has been talking to some of us but we will see what happens when June comes,” said Ronald Ngala told Goal.com
It is impossible to tell what will happen in June and by then he may have already found another club. Ngala also noted that Gor Mahia has already reached its quota for foreign players.
“I do not blame him for his earlier actions, it was evident there was someone, who misled him. He is a quality player and we would like him to play for us, however, we currently do not have a place for him since we have exhausted the number of foreign players in the team.” he said.
Chairman Ambrose Rachier explained that Kagere left because his demands were too exhorbitant for the club at the time.
“Meddie left because we could not afford him in December. We had no sponsor and he was asking for six million shillings which we didn’t have. We have now had a discussion and he will be back,” Rachier to Citizen FM.