Rachier dimisses critics, says there is no corruption

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.

Gor Mahia transfer news December 2

While neighbours Tusker have been busy in the transfer market, Gor Mahia have been silent. A number of Gor Mahia players have expiring contracts and not much is known about the club’s plans. One such player is Karim Nizigiyimana. The Burundian cross-master has been instrumental in Gor Mahia’s success this season.

“I am comfortable with the Sportpesa Premier League (SPL) champions. We have won virtually all the trophies and ditching the club will water down all my successes. I want to remain part of that success by sticking with the club.” he said according to supersport.

Nizigiyimana understands that the club has financial challenges but yet has done a decent job of taking care of players

“Despite the many financial challenges that faced the club, which is normal, I can say I’m happy at Gor Mahia and I don’t intend to leave the club. I’m ready to put pen to paper and extend my contract even if the papers are brought today.”

“At the moment, I feel that extending my contract with Gor Mahia next month is the best thing to do. I am at one of the biggest clubs in the region, where I feel loved by the fans. The future look bright and I want to be part of that future.” he continued.

Meanwhile the reputation of the club is fast rising all over East Africa and is attracting interest from players from across the region. Rwandan forward Jacques Tuyisenge who recently played a key role in steering Rwanda to the semi-finals of the CECAFA senior challenge cup, has made it clear that he would love to join Kenyan Premier champions Gor Mahia.

Speaking to “Mchakamchaka”, a local magazine show which airs on pay television station Supersport, the Police FC striker said he has heard a lot about ‘K’Ogalo” from his fellow countrymen who turn out for the most decorated Kenyan club and he wouldn’t have a second thought if a chance to join them presents itself.

“Yes, I would be very happy to play along side Meddie Kagere at Gor Mahia. Kagere is a good player, we played together at Police and he scores a lot of goals,” elated Tuyisenge said.

Gor is home to two Rwandans, left full back Abouba Sibomana and striker Meddie Kagere.

“They tell me a lot about Gor – it is a good team which I would love to join so that I can play in the Kenyan Premier League.”

Meanwhile other reports indicate that Gor Mahia will play arch rivals AFC Leopards in a season ender on Jamhuri day. The match is being sponsored by the Ministry of sports.

Calabar offered new deal

Defender and Vice Captain David Owino “Calabar” has been offered a new deal. According to a report in the Daily Nation, the deal is for two years and should keep him at the club until 2017. Calabar’s contract is due to expire in June of next year.

The report in the Daily Nation says that Calabar who is the two-time KPL defender of the year met club chairman Ambrose Rachier last week in a closed-door meeting where a new deal was offered to him and he reportedly agreed in principle to put pen to paper after the Christmas period.The meeting took place shortly after the club’s National Executive had held a routine in-house meeting. The contract would double his salary to Ksh 160,000 per month. This is a spot higher than Geoffrey Walusimbi who is at Ksh 150,000 per month. Jerim Onyango is at Ksh 75,000.

Owino calabar has previously been linked with various overseas moves most notably to Simba.


Nutall takes his first test against Simba

Gor Mahia travel to Dar es Salaam to play against Tanzanian giants, Simba sports club. On Thursday, Gor Mahia did play a friendly against Nakumatt that ended 1-1 with Timothy Otieno scoring Gor Mahia’s goal in the 25th minute before Nakumatt equalized in the 85th minute.

However Nutall had not held any training sessions prior to the Nakumatt match. But it did give him an opportunity to watch his charges in action. Simba will be his first opportunity to test his strategies. Fans will hope that he will inject new ideas that will see Gor Mahia play more cohesive football, something that has been lacking of late.

According to club Secretary General Chris Omondi, Tanzanian giants Simba S.C made a formal request for a friendly earlier on but that did not materialize given tight Kenyan league schedule. The match serves as good preparation as Gor Mahia prepare to take on Tusker in a crucial league encounter.

Gor Mahia skipper Jerim Onyango was happy at the chance to play Simba

“This weekend we do not have a league match so I think it will be good preparation for the game against Tusker when league action resumes. We want to give our all in the game come back with a win, he said during  Francis Nuttal’s press conference.

Simba finished an unaccustomed 4th in the Tanzanian league and thus fired coach Zdravko Logarusic replacing him with Zambian Patrick Phiri. They have also recently released former Gor Mahia defender Donald Mosoti who was initially a defensive mainstay there. But they will be buoyed by the return of their former striker Emmanuel Okwi who has rejoined after leaving arch rivals Yanga. Okwi has near legendary status among Simba fans. He is a dangerous striker and the Gor Mahia defence with Shakava, Calabar , Walusimbi et al will need to watch him.

September 2010 Friendly

Masika takes on the Simba striker

The last time Gor Mahia played Simba in a friendly was in September of 2010. The only surviving players from that match is Collins Okoth “Gattuso”, Musa Mohamed and Jerim Onyango. On that occassion, a very young Gor Mahia side comprehensively outplayed the Tanzanian giants beating them 3-1. It would have been higher if not for missed chances.

That day Gor Mahia scored first through Dan Makori in the 13th minute after being put through by Collins Okoth. Wycliff Opondo scored the second, tapping into an empty net. And before Simba could figure out what was hitting them Francis Ochola made it 3-0 from a brilliant pass by Baldwin Ngwa.

On that day, the Gor Mahia line-up was as follows

Ronnie Kagunzi, Solomon Nasio, Chris Wekesa, Eric Masika, Musa Mohamed, Anthony Akumu, Wycliffe Opondo (John Kiplangat 59?), Collins Okoth (Robert Onyango 85?), Baldwin Ngawa (Duncan Owiti 85?) Francis Ochola, Duncan Makori (Tonny Onyango 77?).
Reserves not used
Jerim Onyango, Francis Akang’o and Andrew Murunga
Charles Omondi was the acting coach.