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Thanks Sonko and Namwamba but Kogalo must do better

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By Monday April 16, only two days before Kogalo were to play against Supersport United Gor Mahia still had not obtained tickets nor visas. It took the geneosity of Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko to save the day when he donated 30 tickets. This after Sports minister Mike Achesa had refused to facilitate tickets. Then the intervention of  Ababu Namwamba (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) enabled K’Ogalo to obtain Visas. Still it was too late to save the day for Ephrem Guikan and Tuyisenge who both missed the trip because their work permits did not meet the criteria required by the South African consulate.

Gor Mahia officials have known for over a month that they would require South Africa visas. And fans have been posting online and in social media that previous Kenyan teams have had difficulty getting such visas. In fact the Kenya women’s youth team once camped at the South Africa embassy after the South African embassy started to make things difficult for their travel.

Yet despite all the advance notice, no one in the Executive Committee saw it fit to start working on obtaining Visas and tickets. Had it not been for Namwamba,  who likes sports and a Nairobi governor (Sonko) who is wealthy enough to donate tickets, Gor Mahia would have been disqualified from the 2018 Confederations cup and possible barred from competing in 2019.

So Kogalo fans must thank Sonko for his generosity and Namwamba for coming to the rescue of the club. But Kogalo fans must demand better from the Chairman. How is it possible that he has been in power since 2008 a but has never seen it fit to change the constitution so the club is run by competent people? And how is it that Ludovick Aduda keeps getting appointed as CEO yet he has not proven competent? One wonders what qualifies him to be the club CEO and what if any accomplishments he has achieved.

For years the club fans  have asked for a competent person to be appointed as General Manager. This person should be in charge of the day to day affairs of the club including ticketing, visas, air-tickets, matchday tickets, accounting and so forth. Eventually the club can expand and start appointing another person to perform tasks like marketing the club, pursuing sponsorships and so forth. This person should be on a performance contract. The more money he brings into the club, the more money he should be paid. Let an established firm like KPMG perform the recruiting and hiring of these individuals.

Gor Mahia has lost several international matches due to self inflicted errors. This is because our system of elections does not yield the best candidates. Its time to create a progressive constitution where competent people are hired to run the club. An independent body like KPMG should interview and hire these people. Left to Rachier, he will likely appoint Ludovick Aduda again.

Kogalo was lucky this time that Sonko and Namwamba came to the rescue. If they continue like this then we might see worse during the group stage. Fans must now make their voices heard. We need competent people running the club.

Gor Mahia unable to secure Visas and Tickets

Ambrose Rachier

As of Monday April 16, with two days left before the match against Supersport, Gor Mahia have yet to secure travel Visas.

“We are in problems because South African embassy is insisting that we applied for the visas late. They have a strict rule that a visa to their country must take five working days and we applied for it with only four days to go.  We hope the Kenyan government will step in and help us secure the same.” said a club official to goal.com

Chairman Ambrose Rachier has admitted that the club is in dire straits

“Over the last two trips we have gone out, the government has been providing tickets for us. Up to now, they are yet to give us anything. If by tomorrow (Tuesday) we don’t have tickets, then I don’t see us travelling not unless a well wisher comes out. We don’t have money as a club,” Gor chairman Ambrose Rachier told Capital Sport.

On Visas Rachier says the team applied for their visas last Tuesday and was booked for interviews on Wednesday, the same day they were facing Wazito FC in a league fixture in Machakos. They went for the interviews on Thursday.

“We couldn’t boycott the match in Machakos and we went on Thursday. The embassy has insisted that they will start counting the five days from Thursday. So we wait and see, hopefully they will be considerate and we can get the visas tomorrow and travel at night,” Rachier further explained.

The embassy also made it difficult to secure travel documents for the foreign players.

“The embassy required us to provide one-year work permits but immigration here only gives six month work permits. So we don’t know how that will go down with them. We have explained and so we wait. It is a very precarious situation for the club,” Rachier said to Capital Sports.

The South African embassy makes travel to South Africa difficult. The Kenya women’s football team once had to camp at the embassy in protest until they were given visas.

Club secretary Ben Omondi also admitted dire straits on his social media pages.

“We are in bad shape making it hard for the team to fly to South Africa for the Caf- Confederation return leg match planned for 18th , April 2018. We have done all within our means to get travel documentations right in good time but things are not working as scheduled thus our travel to Pretoria is postponed.” said Omondi

Traveling late could doom Gor Mahia’s chances. In 2015, the Kenya U23 arrived on Botswana mere hours before their match against their Botswanan counterparts. They lost 0-3 after conceding three late goals due to travel fatigue.

Nyangi blames Aduda

And club organizing secretary Judith Nyangi is laying the blame squarely on the shoulders of CEO Omondi Aduda.

“We are in bad shape making it hard for the team to fly to South Africa for the Caf Confederation Cup return leg planned for April 18, 2018. “We have done all within our means to get all travel documentations right in good time but things are not working as scheduled thus our travel to Pretoria is postponed.”

But speaking separately, Nyangi revealed that she was kept at bay in the process of securing visas by Aduda, who was the mastermind of all the activities regarding the team travel.

“I don’t know what is happening, all these mess I am hearing them from the media. I was not involved in planning and I decided to keep calm after he (Aduda) refused to pick my calls.”

Nyangi noted that Gor Mahia have had a long time to plan for this trip so no excuses are cceptable.

“We have to say it is him, if not who else? It was known early enough since Gor Mahia left Tunisia that we would face SuperSport United, an official should have begun the work as early as possible. So personally I cannot blame the South African embassy, SA is like Europe and there are no short cuts.”

Aduda was fired from the club in February of 2015 after he was accused by the club of unlawfully representing the interests of the club to the federation as pertains to the clubs position in the ongoing FKF – KPL stand-off whereas the club is in support of the KPL.

Rachier says he is not asleep at the wheel

Ambrose Rachier was asked by Tom Osanjo about allegations of embezzlement by certain club officials. He responded as described below.

I am indeed investigating the embarrassing claims of fraudulent false account as also of the defalcation of funds from gate collections.

Regarding the putting up of a stadium, we are actually working on the architectural plans which I can share with you.

Next February, we intend to hold celebrations to mark 50 years of the club’s existence during which we will take stock of our achievements and chart the way to achieving the desired professionalism.

One of the challenges, apart from ticketing, is the attitude of fans towards paying to enter the stadium which we must change.

Rachier has been missing in action even as other premier league clubs like Kariobangi Sharks accuse Kogalo of short-changing them when it comes to gate proceeds.

Mr. Rachier please take charge before the league is lost

All the Gor Mahia players as well as the technical bench boycotted training on Wednesday. According to coach Ze Maria, the club must fulfill certain obligations in order for training to resume.

“I have some issues with the office and I want them to be sorted out before I resume training. As a team fighting for the title, we need to train in a conducive environment but unfortunately this has not been the case. We have done our best as a technical bench to protect the players but it has not been easy,” he told Goal.com

Ze Maria did not turn up for training on Tuesday or on Wednesday. After a flying start, Gor Mahia are in danger of going off-course in their quest to reclaim the title they lost to Tusker.

In 2012, Gor Mahia started the season poorly due to infighting within the technical bench. By the time the situation was addressed, The league was already 25% completed. In the end they narrowly lost the league on the last day. Had they addressed the issues earlier, they would have won the league.

In 2016, the poor start was caused by fighting between coach Frank Nuttall and the Executive committee. Had these issues been resolved before the season started, Gor Mahia would have won the league. On top of that, lax security caused Gor Mahia to lose three points which were deducted due to one fan.

In essence Gor Mahia should have won the league 5 times in a row from 2012 to 2016, if not for self inflicted wounds.

The player strike comes hot on the heels of Gor Mahia being thrown out of their Nyayo stadium offices and also being thrown out of their Camp Toyoyo training ground due to late payments.

And now there is public bickering between two officials over the issue of stewards and the issue of gate receipts.

This kind of incompetence and lack of transparency also hurts the club’s public image and can make it difficult to get sponsors in the future.

The infighting and poor organization is threatening to derail the club’s league campaign just as it did in 2012 and 2016.

The one critical element missing in all this is newly elected Chairman Ambrose Rachier. Since his re-election, he seems to have taken a hands off approach and it is beginning to affect the club. In fact Rachier has been more active on KPL related issues than with issues affecting the club.

And Rachier has had 8 years to transform the club into a well run unit with qualified professionals each with well established  assignments and performance contracts. Instead we are stuck with elected officials, many of whom are not competent and with vague assignments. Does anyone known what an assistant deputy secretary does? And can anyone explain why the club has a sponsor yet salaries are not being paid on time?

The time has come to change constitution to get competent officials so that the club is run professionally.

Rachier backing Ze Maria

Gor Mahia chairman, Ambrose Rachier has admitted that there is immense pressure from fans to make changes in the technical bench. However for now he is sticking with Brazilian tactician Ze Maria. Rachier and Ze Maria had a discussion about the string of poor results and the Brazilian gave satisfactory reasons for the losses.

“I summoned the coach today and he gave satisfactory reasons why we have lost all the 3 matches,” Rachier said. According to the club boss, the tactician blamed the losses on a couple of things. In Sudan, the coach mentioned that the team was still fresh from holiday and the players had hardly had enough time to train together. Against Thika, the coach said that he tried out all the players available, and didn’t feature his best team as his intention was to watch each player individually. According to Rachier, Ze Maria laid blame on lack of fitness for the loss to Onduparaka, who he noted were much fitter then” . This according to Kenyanstar newspaper.

Rachier also noted that pre-season results were not a good way to gauge a coaches’ performance.

“It was important to sit with the coach and find out the real issues. It would set a bad precedence is we sacked the coach based on the performance in pre-season. We have given the coach very clear targets and indicated to him that we want good results once the season starts,” Rachier said, adding, “The coach assured us that results will be better.” he continued to Kenyanstar.

Under Nuttall in 2015, Gor Mahia recorded poor pre-season results including surprise losses to Mombasa combined and a 3-0 loss to Power Dynamos of Zambia.

Many fans have been clamouring for the return of Frank Nuttall under whom Gor Mahia won the league twice and went unbeaten. But Rachier hinted at why Nuttall’s return was a non-starter.

“There are some coaches who get to the club, perform well then later team up with fans, incite them and start making some crazy demands. They feel they are demigods . The best thing to do is part ways with such coaches very fast and avoid further destabilization of the team.” he said.

FKF now suspends KPL and its officials

FKF chairman Nick Mwendwa has announced that the Kenya Premier League has been suspended until further notice. In addition, foru KPL officials have been suspended for bringing the game into disrepute.

“KPL and FKF have been at war for over 14 years. We have been doing this over and over again and we can’t keep extending these wars,” infuriated Mwendwa said according to Capital Sports.

Those who will face disciplinary hearings are KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda, Chairman James Musyoki, his vice Ambrose Rachier and Mathare United chairman Bob Munro for going against the federation’s directives despite being part of the JEC.

“FKF disciplinary committee will follow due process and summon individuals to be heard and they will pass a ruling after for us to implement. The three have brought the game into disrepute. We take serious exceptions as a federation in what KPL said in their statement as well as Rachier’s letter going against clear directives,” Mwendwa railed.

Mwendwa is infuriated because KPL announced league fixtures that excluded Zoo Kericho, Nakumatt, Vihiga United and KCB whom Mwendwa had announced were promoted.

“These same people have been at the JEC when we sat and agreed things and now they are going against the very same things we reached resolutions on. Those are blatant lies they are spreading and we can’t as a federation accept because we have facts. There are consequences when you don’t follow regulation,” Mwendwa said.

Instead the schedule included Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth who were demoted for not meeting CAF licensing guidelines.

“We did our regulations and sent to CAF who approved that if you don’t have a club license by end of year 2016, you shall be relegated. I have the details of the AGM meeting. Item number 14 we voted on the proposal to adopt club licensing regulation. We got 70 votes against zero. If a club is not licensed, it will not be in the top tier league,” Mwendwa affirmed.

KPL clubs have been against league expansion to 18 teams. Rachier has noted that this means less money for each team. According to Capital Sports,  Mwendwa also said the financial implication was agreed on at Sh36mn and FKF is expected to deposit Sh24mn to KPL by April.

However, Mwendwa was at pains to substantiate allegations that both Nakumatt FC and Zoo Kericho had offered to add Sh10mn each to the agreed Sh36mn kitty to cater for an 18-team league, creating a clear conflict of interest as they will benefit from the league expansion.

“What is wrong with that?” Mwendwa posed when asked about the allegation.

 

Mr. Rachier please clarify the status of Gor Mahia land

Ambrose Rachier announced that the launch of Gomalotto will enable the team to raise far more funds than it can raise via sponsorship, membership or Harambees. The goal according to Rachier is to build a clubhouse, a stadium and an academy.

Mr. Rachier has been promising to build a stadium since he was first elected chairman in 2008. A noble goal indeed. But if the stadium is built, where will the stadium be built.

During the 1990s, then president Moi gave both Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards land on which to build a clubhouse and a training ground. The land was located near Kasarani stadium.

Gor Mahia officials of the time held a formal ceremony which in Luo tradition is called “Goyo Dala” which means creating a homestead. The officials even excitedly announced that the next ceremony would be “Goyo Ligala” which means breaking ground on the first home within the homestead. But nothing happened and the land was eventually grabbed by a political bigwig. Gor Mahia and AFC fans appealed to Moi again and he gave them both land at Embakassi. But again nothing was done with that land. It was not even fenced off. The most recent reports suggest that the land is occupied by squatters.

If Rachier is serious about his plan to build a clubhouse, a training ground or a stadium, he should clarify what the exact state of that land is.

Does the club have the proper title deed? and if not what happened to it.
Is it possible to evict the squatters? if the club does not have the wherewithal to evict squatters then a better idea would be to sell the land and instead purchase land in a location where the club can actually build.

 

Azam FC stadium in Dar es Salaam

Just having its own training ground will save the club colossal amounts of money. It was previously reported that Gor Mahia used to pay City stadium Ksh 10,000 per day to train at City stadium for only four hours. This means a training ground could save the club over Ksh 200,000 per month. It would also allow players to spend more time on the training ground which would further sharpen their skills. The training ground can also be rented out to other teams. A gym and a clubhouse can raise money for the club because space can be rented out for various functions. And if the club does eventually build a stadium, they could raise significant amounts unlike the current arrangements where stadiums sometimes take as much as 40% of the gate proceedings.

Rachier urges players to lift their game

Gor Mahia’s 2017 season has started on a poor note. The club has played two colourless matches, losing to Al Hilal of Sudan 0-1 and then to Thika United 1-2. The losses have set alarm bells ringing among club officials and fans. Coach Ze Maria is already feeling pressure from fans. However Chairman Ambrose Rachier has turned his focus on the players.

“Gor Mahia is a good club that is loved by many and we shall make sure that you get the necessary support. I urge you to work hard because the standards keep rising and we have to match up to expectations,” said Rachier to the players according to the club site.

Nevertheless it is not time to panic yet. In 2015, Gor Mahia played poorly in the pre-season matches including surprise losses to Bandari and a dramatic 3-0 loss to Zambian side Power Dynamos. Gor Mahia went on to win the league unbeaten.

Rachier vows to unite club

The dust has finally settled on the much awaited Gor Mahia elections. The event happened without a hitch or without any altercations or violence. Those who lost gracefully accepted the results and those who won vowed to work together for the betterment of the club.

“We must admit the elections met the threshold of a free and fair elections. We didn’t witness any acts of violence. The counting process was also interactive and democratic” said Owiye, shortly after announcing the winners.

The registered voters were 3,002, but only 982 turned up for the exercise, which saw Francis Wasuna elected unopposed as the club’s senior vice chairman.

Gor Mahia elections board led by Chairman Patrick Lumumba Adera and vice chairman Mohammed Ibrahim Papa applauded the club members for observing discipline during the exercise.

“Today, we saw the true face of democracy. We can avoid violence if we have credible elections. What we have shown is that we can do better, if we put our hearts and mind to it. For those have lost, join the winners,” said Papa.

Chairman Rachier for his part says he was confident of victory.

“I was extremely confident of victory because of the records I posted at Gor Mahia, including winning numerous silverware and that is one thing, which will remain at K’Ogalo. he said to the Standard.

Rachier also said that he will work with all those who were elected.

“I had no line up and will work with those elected by members of the club.  My first duty will be to reunite all K’Ogalo fans and candidates. I know there are some divisions, but I intend to work closely with those who contested against me.” said Rachier.

Among those newly elected is Sally Bolo

Constitution

The much anticipated new constitution is another item on the Chairman’s agenda

“My second task with my new committee will be to deal with our club’s constitution so that we can be compliant with the Sports Act. We have deadline of June 16, 2017 to be compliant with new guidelines for club licensing. We also hope the case filed in court, which will be mentioned on Tuesday (today), will be withdrawn” he said.

Creating a new constitution would mean streamlining the club and would neccesitate ridding the club of many of the current positions includinhg secretary general.

Among those who gracefully accepted defeated was Joseph Ogidi, a former musician of the GidiGidi MajiMaji fame.

“Thank you so much to the Kogalo fan base for the support. We live to fight another day. Congratulations to the new Secretary General Ben Omondi and to my worthy opponent Sam Ochola. Let’s now work together to transform Gor Mahia. God bless” said Ogidi on his social media pages.

Ben Omondi Thanks fans

Newly elected Secretary General Ben Omondi for his part thanked fans for engaging in a peaceful process and for accepting his vision for the club.

“I wish to take this opportunity to thank the entire Gor Mahia fraternity for a peaceful electoral process. I appreciate the enormous work done through my secretariat headed by Eng. Dan Opata (Jasoda), Betty Opondo, Gilbert Otiende and Joshua Amayo.

“I am indeed honored and thankful to all the voters, who believed in my vision and agenda for the club and voted me as the next Secretary General of Gor Mahia Football club. I will strive and endeavor to work closely with all the elected officials towards the realization of our goals and dreams as a Club.” he said to goal.com

Omondi now says he is committed to doing his part to strengthen the club

“It’s now down to business and building a stronger united and prosperous Gor Mahia. I commit to run a foot ball club that you will all be proud of supporting. ” continued Omondi.

2016 Gor Mahia elections results updated

Gor Mahia elections were conducted in an orderly manner at Kasarani basketball gym.

Chairman

Ambrose Rachier-579
Chrispine Omondi- 157
Dan Oketch- 220

Rachier with supporters at the venue Image courtesy of Jaro Soja

Senior Vice Chairman

Francis Wasuna (unopposed)

First Vice Chairman

Faiz Ochieng Magak- 334
John Pesa- 451 (Winner)

Second Vice Chairman

George Ongudi -447 (winner)
David Kilo- 332

Secretary General

Bernard Omondi- 310 (winner)
Joseph Ogidi-213

Samwel Ochola- 282

 

Ben Omondi is congratulated by other contestants. Image courtesy of Jarunda Mambobiad

Assistant Treasurer

Calvince Bungu-343
Gerphas Okuku-292
Carilus Onyango-105

Treasurer

Sally Bolo-370
Jared Odhiambo-234
Kennedy Ouma-95
Chito Moses Njeria-85

Organising Secretary:

Judith Anyango – 575

David Ochieng Nyandega – 194

Assistant Organising Secretary

Beryl Peres Anyango – 480
Sammy Ochieng Ogola – 287

Deputy Secretary General:

Ngala Ronald Ng’onga  (winner)
Ruben William Ojijo.

Assistant Deputy Secretary General:

Kevin Odhiambo Mbuya (winner)
John Ochieng Onyango.