Gor Mahia players on strike

Gor Mahia players have once again downed their tools to protest non-payment of salaries

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia players Thursday absconded training in protest over salary arrears spanning several months.

Club assistant secretary general Ronald Ngala confirmed that the players are owed salaries and revealed the management is working round the clock to ensure they are paid.

“We are aware that they have been demanding their dues but we are trying to look for a way out. I cannot comment in terms of months because we have just been giving them some (small) amounts for survival. We don’t have a sponsor so we can’t do calculations in terms of months,” said Ngala.

A player who sought anonymity said they have had enough of empty promises from the management.

“Our houses have been locked and have find it rough to go for training with empty stomachs. We understand the club doesn’t have a sponsor but we also have families to feed. It is really tough,” said the player.

Ngala also confirmed that coach Steven Polack has not been paid but insisted that the issue is being worked on and called for patience.


Gor Mahia fans claim to have evidence of corruption at the club

“These are the reasons why Gor Mahia as a club cant thrive. A group of fans go out of their way to secure an ambulance for their match against Bandari but the club officials see it wise to deduct a certain amount from gate collections in the name of ‘paying for the ambulance’.”

The post hit social media on Tuesday but Kogalo officials have not responded.


Aduda: The club needs Ksh 12 million

Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda says the club is in a deep financial crunch.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Kenyan Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia is in deep financial crisis and needs almost Sh12 million to pay two months salaries to its players and cater for this weekend’s continental assignment against Algeria Champions USM Alger.

According to club CEO Lordvick Aduda, the 18 times league champions need Sh10 million to offset salaries arrears and another Sh2 million to fund their Caf Champions League first round second leg encounter against USM Alger to be staged at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Sunday.

“We are at our very lowest moment because we lack funds. We are hosting USM Alger on Sunday and apart from Sh10 million we owe our players as two month salaries, we also need Sh 2 million for the Caf match, an amount which we don’t have as at now,” said Aduda.

According to him, the club has to cater for return air ticket for their guests totalling to Sh500,000 and transport for the four match officials and match commissioner for the four days which they shall be in the country, an amount totalling to Sh200,000.

Other expenses are accommodation for the match officials and commissioner which takes up to Sh300,000, stadium hiring which goes for around Sh300,000 and local transport for the away team and security during the match which is around Sh400,000.

The club also has to further pay the match commissioner and referees around Sh300,000.

“Those are our estimates but the problem is that we don’t have money to meet them. Honouring a home match is also as expensive as traveling to play an away game,” added Aduda.

It is this expenses that have overwhelmed the club and the leadership are now calling on the fans to come to their rescue and help them pay players and meet the Caf match expenses.

USM Alger are set to arrive in the country on Friday afternoon for the return fixture after hammering Gor Mahia 4-1 at home on September 15.

Gor will have to beat them 3-0 so as to advance to the group stages of the competition, but that will be an uphill task and the current financial challenges rocking the club do not help.

Club chairman Ambrose Rachier told Nation Sport that the players have been suffering, but he has no option since the club has no funds and is yet to get a sponsor.


Gor Mahia to hold fundraiser

Chairman Ambrose Rachier has announced that the club will hold a funds drive to defray expenses.

Story courtesy of Citizen Sports

Broke Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia will hold a fund drive on Tuesday evening, to enable them honour the first leg of CAF Champions League clash against Algeria’s USM Alger on Sunday.

Club chairman Ambrose Dickson Rachier says the club is already bearing consequences following withdrawal of their main sponsor in the preseason, conceding even paying players is becoming a tall order.

This comes barely in the second week of KPL, with Gor shouldering the title defence burden alongside the CAF duty whose expenses are estimated at Sh. 5 million per match.

“It’s true we don’t have money. We have exhausted what we had and if we cannot get funds before this weekend, it will mean our CAF campaigns will end at this stage,’’ said Rachier.

Rachier confirmed they have approached Nairobi Governor Mike ‘Sonko’ Mbuvi to be the guest of honour in the Tuesday event at the Charter Hall Nairobi, inviting well wishers and club followers to turn out in large numbers and save their face.

“I’m happy His Excellency Mike Sonko has agreed to grace the occasion. We hope to get enough money for the Algiers trip knowing the consequences that comes with failure to honour such a fixture.”

Gor advanced to the second round of the CAF Champions League after dismissing Burundi’s Aigle Noir 5-1 on aggregate.

The trend was the same last season when Gor was on several occasions bailed out by the Government to honour international assignments.

Rachier says they are yet to finalise their deal with their other potential sponsor Brookside Dairies, but sees light at the end of the tunnel.

“We are still in the process, I can confirm so far so good but we are still cannot depend on them before everything has been sealed. We expect to conclude the deal as soon as possible because we have a demanding season ahead,” revealed the chairman.

Oliech payment conundrum

Meanwhile, former Kenyan all time top scorer Dennis Oliech has threatened to sue Gor Mahia over unpaid dues. Oliech who was fired by Gor last month ahead of the of new season claims the club is yet to clear his sign on fee.

But in a recent interview with club CEO Lordvic Aduda, Gor owes Oliech nothing as his contract was terminated out of his “gross misconduct.”

‘’Oliech has been skipping training sessions without even communicating with the technical bench, making it difficult to gauge his fitness for any assignment. He is the one who breached the contract so we cannot pay him,” Aduda affirmed.

Should Oliech stick to his words, a tough legal battle could leave the KPL giants in more financial woes, with the striker claiming Sh 1.4 million in signing fee balance.

Oliech joined Gor in 2018 after close to three years absence in active football, only to play until the end of 2018/19 season.


Rachier outlines status of club finances and land

Speaking to Citizen Sport, Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier gave a detailed report of the club’s finances which suggests that the club is deep in debt

Additional reporting from Citizen Sport

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants Gor Mahia FC are shouldering a Sh. 105.5 million in debt burden according a summary of the club’s income and expenditures this season.

Gor’s revenue streams – including sponsorship funds and the sale of club merchandise have raked in Sh. 111.8 million but the KPL champions a massive 217.3 million with the cost of international travel alone eating up a third of that.

International transportation cost Gor Sh.72 million with player salaries and those of the club’s officials amounting to Sh. 62 million.

In a rundown provided by Gor’s chairman Ambrose Rachier, it shows the club also made Sh. 13 million in profit from player transfers while counterfeits meant only a paltry Sh.400, 000 have been collected from the sale of merchandise.

Gate collections from local and continental matches amount for KSh. 7 million while they were also paid a total Sh15 million by continental governing body CAF thanks to a season in which they became the first ever Kenyan team to reach the CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals.

Rachier stated his desire to trim what he termed a ‘bloated office’ at the club but emphasized such powers can only be available to him once the new constitution – which he said would be ready by May 9 – is adopted.


He also gave an update on the club’s long-drawn-out plan to build its own stadium, suggesting conflicts in location and unresolved land conflict as their biggest setback.

“The Embakasi land has been grabbed and the title deed got lost during Erastus Okuls’s era as the chairman. I’m following up on the Kasarani’s 10-acre piece of land but the problem is the title deed can only be registered in my name.

“The Constitution hasn’t given me the powers to make certain decisions that can make Gor Mahia a business entity,” Rachier told Ramogi FM.

Rachier also announced Gor will start awarding professional contracts to its youth team players in what could make the first KPL club to do so.

A partnership deal with Brookside, which he said will be announced next week, could prove a turning point for the club’s junior team with the extra funds set to be diverted their way.

Gor already agreed a deal with the milk processing company but no contracts have been signed yet and Rachier expects the paperwork to be complete by the end of this week.

“Rogue Players”

The official meanwhile also reiterated his resolve to crack the whip on ‘rogue’ players at the club when the KPL season comes to a close.

Rachier vowed to punish indisciplined players following the extraordinary timeline of events that led to Gor’s exit from the CAF Confederation Cup.

Photos of Gor players lying helplessly on the floor at the airport lounge in Doha, Qatar sparked online outrage and prompted Rachier into calling a press briefing to clear the air over the issue.

He turned the heat on the players and specifically called out Francis Kahata and Philemon Otieno for “conjuring up malicious pictures to evoke sympathy and fake suffering.”


KRA freezes Gor Mahia accounts again

For the second time, the Kenya Revenue has slapped a hefty tax bill on Gor Mahia. And this time KRA has gone ahead and frozen the Gor Mahia bank account. This according to a report on Citizen sports.  At issue is a tax bill of Ksh 129 million which KRA claims that Gor Mahia owes. It is difficult to imagine that Gor Mahia owe that kind of money given that the club barely meets its obligations towards paying players. Also it is highly unlikely that other clubs and sports organizations are compliant with KRA. So why are they constantly singling out Gor Mahia?

Additional Reporting from Citizen Sports

Gor Mahia are starring at yet another round of financial quagmire after the tax-man Kenya Revenue Authority froze the club bank’s account at the Development Bank over a Ksh. 129 million tax arrears.

Citizen Digital understands that the tax-man took the drastic measure this week.

Gor Mahia’s deputy secretary general Ronald Ngala declined to talk on the matter: “I can’t comment on that issue at the moment, please look for the chairman.”

When reached for comment, club boss Ambrose Rachier said that he had received a phone call from the bank’s Managing Director that there was a letter from KRA’s Income Tax Department though “he wasn’t sure” of its contents.

Said Rachier: “Well, I have not seen the letter but I’ve been called by the bank…I would plead with you that I see the letter. Wait until tomorrow then we can talk.”

Rachier, when asked whether there had been correspondence between the club and the tax-man before the startling decision was made, said: “We really had nothing (no correspondence) at all . All I know is that about a month ago someone posted on our social media, a purported letter from the Income Tax Department.

Gor Mahia are starring at yet another round of financial quagmire after the tax-man Kenya Revenue Authority froze the club bank’s account at the Development Bank over a Ksh. 129 million tax arrears.

Citizen Digital understands that the tax-man took the drastic measure this week.

Gor Mahia’s deputy secretary general Ronald Ngala declined to talk on the matter: “I can’t comment on that issue at the moment, please look for the chairman.”

When reached for comment, club boss Ambrose Rachier said that he had received a phone call from the bank’s Managing Director that there was a letter from KRA’s Income Tax Department though “he wasn’t sure” of its contents.

Said Rachier: “Well, I have not seen the letter but I’ve been called by the bank…I would plead with you that I see the letter. Wait until tomorrow then we can talk.”

Rachier, when asked whether there had been correspondence between the club and the tax-man before the startling decision was made, said: “We really had nothing (no correspondence) at all . All I know is that about a month ago someone posted on our social media, a purported letter from the Income Tax Department.


Player revolt cancels friendly cancelation

The friendly match between Gor Mahia and Zoo Kericho that was scheduled for Saturday did not occur. According to reports on futaa.com, the players have not been training and declined to take the field until their outstanding salaries were settled.

Gor Mahia typically receives funds from gate collections. But the club has been idle of late. Meanwhile initiatives that were created to help fund the club have gone moribund as the club Chair busies himself with trying to win the FKF chairmanship.

Meanwhile Gor Mahia are not the only side facing acute financial difficulties. Dan Sserunkuma has left his Armenian side Ulisess due to non payment of allowances.

“Sserunkuma has left Ulisses FC since the club is facing severe financial difficulties and has failed to keep its end of the contractual agreement with the player. At the moment it owes the player four months unpaid wages.

“Together we will be reporting the matter of unpaid wages to Fifa but at the moment, Sserunkuma will be heading back to Nairobi to spend time with his family as we weigh options on a new club this transfer window,” said Ken Joseph his agent.

Tusker are said to be aggresively chasing his signature.


Now is the time to plan for 2016

To say that Gor Mahia has had a successful 2015 season would be an understatement. It is especially impressive considering that in 2014, Gor Mahia lost a whole host of players who had been the backbone of the team. Dan Sserunkuma, Geoffrey Kizito, Rama Salim, Edwin Lavatsa, Paul Kiongera, Shaban Kenga, Timonah Wanyonyi, Anthony Akumu and Kevin Omondi among many others left at various points during the season. To make matters worse, coach Bobby Williamson also left in August. However with decent planning and recruiting, Gor Mahia recovered and had what can only be described as a spectacular season, perhaps second only to 1987 when Gor Mahia won the Africa cup winners cup, the league and the Moi Golden cup (now known as GoTV shield).

As things stand now, the season is coming to an end. Once again many players are set to leave. The contract of Geoffrey Walusimbi who has played a pivotal role over the past two seasons is coming to an end. Walusimbi has been instrumental with his all round intelligent play, tactical awareness and brilliant passes near the penalty box that often result in goals.

Meddie Kagere whose goals have been instrumental and who has given fans plenty to remember, also has a contract that is coming to an end.

“I cannot comment on my future, because I also do not know whether I will be here next season or not. Let us finish the season before thinking about the future, but the truth is, I have enjoyed my stay at this club. I have not felt good when I finish the match without a goal. My job is to score goals as well as create chances for my teammates to score. So when I fail to do any of the above, it really saddens me, and that is why I work hard for my team.” said Kagere to goal.com

Another key player whose contract is ending is George Odhiambo “Blackberry”.

“My contract ends out and I am not very certain I will still be in Gor next season. There are a number of offers which have come from Europe and I will look at all of them and see what is good for me and make a decision,” he told Soka.

The performance of several Gor Mahia players has caught the eye of several teams in Zambia, Tanzania and South Africa and the

Gor Mahia has had a formidable unit in 2015 . If the core of this team is kept together for 2016, they could reach even greater heights. Now Kenyan team has reached the second round of the African champions league. Gor Mahia could be the first. With a bit of luck in the draw, they could even reach the group stage. In 2015, Gor Mahia lost narrowly to AC Leopards yet they were forced to play without key players like Kagere, Nizigiyimana and Sibomana. Perhaps even more important is to keep the services of coach Frank Nuttall whose tactical brilliance surpasses any coach in Gor Mahia’s history.

Gor Mahia will need to work overtime to keep the core of the team together and also to recruit players who are capable of stepping into the breach and effectively replacing the players who are set to leave.

To keep the core of the team intact will require a lot of planning on the part of the officials. Once again all the financial initiatives that were initiated to keep the club financially moribund have seemingly fallen by the wayside. The SACCO, the #35010 paybill number, the membership drives, Gor Mahia bread etc, are no longer being promoted much as this columnist predicted in July. The chairman will need to bring these initiatives back to the forefront.

Ambrose Rachier performed well in his capacity as club chairman in 2015. We hope that his campaign for the FKF chairmanship will not distract him from the planning that the club needs for 2016.


Gor Mahia officially start new deal with Elliott Bread

Gor Mahia have terminated their contract with Nakuru based Good Bread and signed a new one with Elliott Bread. The deal was first reported last week. Chairman Rachier is now making a formal announcement.

Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier while formally announcing the end of the deal on Tuesday, declined to provide further details.

“We have a new one from today (Tuesday) since we terminated the one we had before. I can’t disclose the reasons of our departure but in our contract, there was a clause that allowed either party to mutually end the deal.

However it is clear that Elliott have offered a better deal at Ksh 2 per loaf instead of the ksh 1 per loaf that was offered by Good Bread. And since Elliott is an established company with a wider distribution network, it will create better returns for the club.

Rachier hinted that the club has been disappointed with the returns from Good Bread.

“We have written to Good Bread notifying them of our exit and since I don’t want to breach the contract, I can’t explain further. The deal is almost identical but we want to give Elliot a chance to see if we will perform better financially,” Rachier, who also serves as SportPesa Premier League chairman, told capital FM

It must be said however that the club has not done a diligent job of reminding the club fans and football supporters countrywide to support the bread deal with their pockets. Fans must constantly be reminded. The club should do its part to promote the bread.


Are Gor Mahia Financial initiatives being sustained ?

New reports today suggest that yet again there is trouble in the Gor Mahia camp due to non-payment of salaries. This time the players have not only staged a go slow, but they have skipped training and gone on strike.
“We have done our part but the office is letting us down by not paying us on time. Last Sunday, after the match against KCB, no one talked to us about this issues and we agreed to go on strike on Tuesday (yesterday),” a player said to the Standard.

The player said they are disappointed by the fact that while the club officials received Sh2 million as prize money for finishing runners-up in the CECAFA Cup, the players have not received any money. This leaves fans quizzical because Gor Mahia’s travel expenses were paid for by a combination of the Harambee money raised before the tournament and funds from the Ministry of sports. CECAFA paid for hotel expenses. So where has the prize money gone?
And this comes a day before they are due to play Ushuru FC in a midweek encounter scheduled for Wednesday 4pm at City stadium.
Asked whether they will turn up for today’s fixture, the player said:
“The game is not even on our minds. We are more focused on getting paid and we are therefore disappointed that no one has even bothered to talk to us.”

Inactivity with Financial Initiatives

When the SACCO project was officially launched, this column wrote an article stating that Gor Mahia officials typically just launch new initiatives then sit back and expect fans to come forward with money. They do not promote the initiatives and rarely  do they persuade fans by being accountable and transparent with funds. In fact one current official was brazen enough to state “Transparency is for members only”.

This is comical when you consider that many fans who have not contributed their hard earned money are hesitating precisely because they want to see transparency first. The fans have been asking for transparency for so long that many are tired of mentioning it.

The Gor Biro bread was launched with a lot of fanfare. But since then, it has not been promoted by the club at all.  And the club has not seen it fit to update fans on how much money was raised. The last report came one month after it was launched and it stated that Gor Mahia had only received Ksh 60,000 which falls far short of projections. Yet the club has still not seen it fit to promote the sales of the bread.

The SACCO was launched with what seemed like a high level of professionalism with corporate bigwigs put in charge. But that too has become moribund because the club stopped promoting it or persuading fans to join. The management team appointed to run the SACCO us hardly active in encouraging fans to join. At the very least they could produce audited accounts showing how much has been collected and how much has been disbursed to the club. This alone would encourage many more fans to join the SACCO

The 350100 paybill number, which started with a lot of promise, is hardly promoted and the club no longer accounts for whatever money they receive.  Other initiatives like membership drives were also launched and left moribund, not to mention merchandize sales which are basically non-existent.  The latter is a starke contrast from 2010 when Gor Mahia jerseys were selling at a break neck pace.

So for the umpteenth time, players have gone on strike due to unpaid salaries.