Tag: Ambrose Rachier



22 Mar 17

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.


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9 Feb 17

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.


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7 Feb 17

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.

 


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2 Feb 17

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.


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30 Jan 17

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.


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13 Dec 16

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.


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11 Dec 16

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.


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25 Nov 16

Under fire and under pressure Gor Mahia chairman, Ambrose Rachier is defending himself against critics who are blaming him for the fact that Kogalo ended the 2016 season trophyless.

“These things do happen worldwide in many leagues, not only in Kenya. K’Ogalo is not the only side that has failed to defend its title, and fail to win silverware after performing well in the previous season. Look at Chelsea, they won the league in 2014 and where did they finish after that? Talk of Leicester last season and now.” said Rachier to goal.com

Fans have blamed Rachier for the fiasco that ended with coach Frank Nuttall leaving the team in March. Many fans say the root cause of Gor Mahia’s poor performance was the instability that occurred when the club executive committee started to wage war against Frank Nuttall. This resulted in a poor start to the league and early elimination from the Africa champions league. His replacement , Ze Maria does not appear to be having the same success as Nuttall. Meanwhile Nuttall himself appeared headed to Zambian giants Zesco where he may team up with former Gor Mahia aces Anthony Akumu and David Owino “Calabar”.

But Rachier is adamant that the club will perform better in 2017.

“Gor Mahia is not an exception but we will come back stronger next season and maybe win the league,” continued Rachier.

Interestingly, the elections were not held in 2015. Had they been held, Rachier would have run unopposed. Firstly no one would have wanted to run a club that has no sponsor. And secondly Rachier was credited with winning the league unbeaten despite difficult financial circumstances.


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23 Nov 16

Below is an interview of Chairman Ambrose Rachier. The Interview was conducted by the Daily Nation. In the interview, Rachier explains why he should be re-elected.

Question: Some club stakeholders are of the view that you have had your turn and you should not run. What are you planning to do differently this time round?

Answer: I intend to embark on the last of my agenda which stakeholders will recall were; winning the league, returning fans to the stadia, acquiring a club bus, establishing a Sacco for players and members, establishing a functional secretariat, procuring sponsorship, building a stadium and a club house.

Q. What would you consider your greatest achievements?

A: Winning the Kenyan league title three consecutive times and the procurement of a five year SportPesa sponsorship.

Q:. What are some of your unmet goals?

A:Putting up of a stadium and club house and establishing a health insurance scheme.

Q: With the sponsorships we have, why are there still claims of financial problems?

A: Because of the huge accumulated debt over the years.

Q: Calls for structured membership seem to be largely ignored. What are your plans?

A: Structured membership efforts have been stultified first by lack of understanding of this concept. Secondly, a culture of unwillingness to pay for membership. Certain members campaigned against the payment of Sh500. Very few fans were willing to pay their suggested Sh100.

Q: Most established clubs are going the seasonal ticket way. Are we headed there?

A: Yes we are. We will educate our members on the merits.

 Q:  The never ending debate about sale of club merchandise…

A: It has been bedevilled by the lack of enforcement of the Kenyan Intellectual Property law that of patents and trademarks. Piracy kills profits.

Q:  How will you address hooliganism?

A: Fighting the vice is the responsibility of the State. Hooligans should be arrested and prosecuted, clubs lack the capacity.

Q: What about health insurance for players?

A: We are committed to providing a scheme for the players.

Q:  It’s my opinion that the club is top-heavy, any plans of cutting down on redundant posts ?

A: I can’t agree more with you, but our efforts have been vehemently resisted.

 Q:  Where do you see Gor Mahia in the next 10 years?

A: Like Barcelona. I returned recently from Spain to learn how Real Madrid and Barcelona operate in the La Liga.


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11 Nov 16

A section of Gor Mahia branch officials were due to stage a demonstration on Friday. According to goal.com, the branch officials held a press briefing in Nairobi. The club members led by their branch officials said that the demonstration will begin at Tom Mboya monument and end at the offices of the club chairman Ambrose Rachier in Upperhill where they intend to petition him with their concerns.

We have therefore, resolved as Gor Mahia branches that we will stage demonstrations within Nairobi town to the offices of the current chairman Ambrose Rachier and the patron’s offices in order to bring to his attention concerns and the going-ons at the club.

We reiterate that we will not relent in our efforts to have credible, free and fair elections and plans are afoot to start parallel manual registration of genuine Gor Mahia fans.” said Dan Quinch, the secretary general of Thika branch.

The branch members are accusing the EC of trying to rig themselves back into office by using the online registration process.

“Gor Mahia office led by the chairman is forcing down the so called online registration without conducting voter education to our members on how the system works. The branches don’t feature anywhere despite having been paying Sh10, 000 annual subscription to the very office.” said Carilus Onyango, the chairperson of the branches council.

They further stated that the hefty membership fee (Ksh 500) is also a ploy to hinder real fans from registering as members,

“We are also worried that this process opens up our elections to everyone including those, who are not genuine fans of the club.” they continued.

Rachier dismisses concerns

Chairman Ambrose Rachier for his part has said that the concerns have no basis.

“We had planned for everything and our members are already registering well. The elections date had been set and it is high time aspirants started serious campaigns.” he said to goal.com

Ngala: We will not go to court

Meanwhile Ronald Ngala has explained why the club will not go to court to fight the IDCC ruling that deducted three points from the club thus costing them the league title.

“As a club we are not going to court; that is the position from the club officially. When we were docked points, we explored all available options for appeal and legal redress, so after failing we had to live with the ruling. If anyone is going to court then that is not the position of the club despite the fact that we feel the decision was too harsh on the team,” he said according to supersport.com.

2016 will be remembered as the year when a fan action literally cost the club the title.

 


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