Chairman Ambrose Rachier who is running for the position of FKL chairman talked up his record in rebuilding the club from the moribund state it was under Erastus Okul to its current far improved situation.
“I have been involved in football since 2002 when I was a consultant in the Fifa normalisation committee and my input brought a number of football reforms. I have also been at Gor Mahia for four years and with the support of my team, the difference is clearly being seen at the club now.
At least I am leading a club of Gor’s magnitude and believe that I’m better off than people claiming that leading a club is different from leading a federation. None of the other contestants lead a serious club if they have any,” said Rachier.
He said: “When I was elected Gor Mahia chairman four years ago, the team was languishing in position 16 of the table and they have improved to runners-up position last season. We have drastically improved the gate collections as it never used to go beyond Sh8,000 when I took over the club but recently during our match with AFC Leopards we realised Sh5.6million. This clearly shows how we have transformed the club and I will do the same for Harambee Stars and ensure they improve in ranking if given the chance to run the federation.”
Rachier is also credited for earning the club its first major sponsorship deal since the club was formed in 1968, a two year deal from dairy company Tuzo worth Sh38 million as well as ensuring the team owns its own bus.
“I have ensured that the club has its own offices at the Nyayo Stadium unlike in the past when clubs matters were dealt with in private offices. The accounting system is also transparent at the moment and all these would translate in the national office if I am the head of the federation,” said Rachier.
All this comes at a time when the club is facing its worst run of form in 3 years that has seen it fail to win a league match in 5 attempts.