Rachier: We have not payed players for 5 months

Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier has confirmed to that players are owed 5 months salary

Additional reporting from goal.com

The K’Ogalo chairman has come out to confirm they are yet to pay salaries to players for the last five months
Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has confessed they have gone five months without paying salaries for the playing unit.

The Kenyan champions are among the clubs in the top-flight that have faced difficulties to pay salaries since betting firm SportPesa withdrew their support for the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) earlier this season.

Apart from withdrawing support for the top-tier, SportPesa also stopped its financial support for Gor Mahia and rivals AFC Leopards, forcing the two giants to struggle and have since lost a number of key players.

K’Ogalo chairman has now stated they don’t have money to pay the players and will continue to rely on well-wishers.

“Including this month, I will say Gor Mahia will have to pay salaries for five months, sometimes we are getting well-wishers just like we have Kulundeng, who came around with a small token and we are able to pay them Sh3, 000,” Rachier told KTN News.

On Tuesday, Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack claimed he has made countless trips to the club chairman’s office to persuade him to pay the players and the technical bench accrued salaries.

The British coach openly told Goal he was suffering the same way as the players.

“That is false [those saying I don’t care about my players], I am at the chairman’s office every day talking and delivering the plight of my players, every day, have been there every day for the last six weeks, I think maybe I have only missed one day,” Polack explained to Goal.

“I am there every day, pushing and asking them [officials] questions and explaining to the chairman how my players are suffering and telling them the situation about the players, myself and the technical staff and so that is the situation.”

Gor Mahia’s Ghanaian import Jackson Owusu is among the players who have been hit hard by the club’s financial situation, as he was kicked out of the hotel he was staying in while one player, who did not want to be named, told Goal he had also been evicted from his house for non-payment of rent.

Gor Mahia were crowned champions for the 2019-20 season by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) after they moved to end the season owing to Covid-19 and they will represent Kenya in the Caf Champions League next season.


Gor Mahia set to lose key players

A report in the Daily Nation suggests that players are set to leave the club due to financial hardships

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia are on the verge of losing four key senior players.

Nation Sport has established that the four are no longer interested in playing for Gor Mahia and intent to leave the club at the end of this season.

The four, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being victimised while still under contract and with the season yet to end, said their decision would not change even if Gor Mahia secured a major shirt sponsor.

The players said they were fed up with Gor Mahia repeatedly failing to meet its financial obligation to the squad members and it was better for them to look for greener pastures.

“It has been tough at Gor Mahia since the sponsorship of SportPesa ended. I can’t blame the club management for the current financial woes but as a player, I have dependents whom I have to look after. I have bills to pay,” said the players.

They also blamed Gor Mahia officials for “abandoning the club and leaving all the management burden to the chairman Ambrose Rachier” who has been struggling to ensure they are paid, however little money it is.


Rachier: Players have not been paid for 4 months

Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier admits that the playing unit has not been paid in 4 months

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The K’Ogalo chairman admits the situation at the club is tough but insists the players understand and are committed to the team

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier admits it is four months since his players last enjoyed an official salary.

The defending champions have been under tough financial constraints owing to the exit of main sponsors SportPesa at the beginning of the season. Players like Maurice Ojwang have already requested to leave if the 18-time league champions do not settle their dues.

The chairman admits the situation is tough, but they are doing everything possible to ensure the players are comfortable.
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“We have no sponsor at all, no sponsor no nothing but we are heading the [Kenyan Premier League] table,” Rachier told Goal on Thursday.

“It is four months since we last paid our players an official salary, but they are understanding the situation and that is why they have remained disciplined and committed to the team. They are not enjoying our problems like others are currently doing.

“Players are getting something for their rent and food as we sort out the financial issues.”
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Rachier has denied reports captain Kenneth Muguna has handed a transfer request owing to the current situation.

“[Muguna] has not asked to leave, actually I have nothing from him or his agent. The only player who gave us a notice was Maurice Ojwang’,” Rachier concluded.

Gor Mahia have managed to collect 24 points from their nine games, and the next assignment will be against Ulinzi Stars.


Gor Mahia players on go slow

Gor Mahia players have apparently not been paid their October salaries. They are therefore going on a go slow to demand action on the same

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The Kenyan champions will take part in the Caf competition for the second season in a row after winning the league title
Gor Mahia are in a huge crisis less than two weeks before they launch their campaign in the Caf Champion League.

The Kenyan champions will take part in the Caf competition for the second season in a row after winning the league title but all is not well as the team is yet to hit camp in readiness for the preliminary fixture against Malawi giants Nyasa Big Bullets.

K’Ogalo CEO Omondi Aduda had revealed to Goal on Monday that the team will resume training on Tuesday ahead of the tie. However, Goal can now reveal that Gor Mahia players and some officials are on a go slow and have demanded that their grievances are met before they resume training.

A source within the club has confirmed that the players are demanding for their October salary that was promised to be paid before they left for England to face Everton and the club is yet to pay for the training venue.

“It is a crisis of sought because things are not moving at the moment. The players want their October salary paid before they hit camp and as a matter of fact, the club management is yet to pay for the training venue.

“They (players) don’t have a venue where they can train and it is very unlucky that, we are heading into a new season, with the same problems that almost spoiled the 2018 season. We only have less than two weeks before we face Bullets and I will not be surprised if they kick us out.

“Furthermore, the players in the team have persevered for a long time and they want the office to clear the arrears because they have families to take care of. Others are struggling to pay rent and only received some token from SportPesa CEO during their tour of Everton. That is the only money they have received so far and is not enough to keep them going.”

Gor Mahia will host the Malawian league leaders on 27/28 November before the return leg a week later at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.


Report suggests Shakava, Mieno, Kahata, Momanyi want out

A report on goal.com suggests that the Gor Mahia players are fed up with the club for non-payment of dues and some key players have asked for release letters.
Additional reporting from goal.com
The situation at Kenyan champions Gor Mahia is becoming messy after four players handed in release letters to quit the giants.

This comes just a day after K’Ogalo lost their fourth straight match in all competitions after going down 2-0 to Ulinzi Stars. It was Gor Mahia’s third defeat in the league, having succumbed 2-1 to Bandari and by a solitary goal to relegation bound Thika United.

A source within the club has now told Goal that captain Harun Shakava is among the four players, who have shown their desire to quit the club at the end of the season. “As we speak, four players have handed in their transfer requests, and the same letters have already reached the club chairman.”
Goal understands the other three players include defender Charles Momanyi, midfielder Humphrey Mieno and Francis Kahata. “They are fed up, they are not ready to continue suffering, they have made a decision and it is now upon the club to act accordingly.”

When reached for comment, Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr denied knowledge of the players’ asking to ditch K’Ogalo. “You are telling me something that I don’t understand and I honestly haven’t heard anything to do with any letters.”

On Wednesday after the match against Ulinzi Stars, Gor Mahia players were given Sh15, 000 by the Team Manager that was shared amongst the players


Frank Nuttall: I am here to stay

Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall has rubbished rumours that he is intent on leaving the club. Nuttall, who is only holiday in Scotland dismissed such reports as falsehoods.

“I have been informed about various stories circulating in the media concerning my relationship with Gor Mahia including falsehoods and inaccuracies that may be attempts to discredit me and tarnish my good name,” said Nuttall according to the Standard.
Nuttall whose contract runs through 2016 thanked Gor Mahia fans for supporting him.
“Such stories are being monitored and those circulating such falsehoods and inaccurate information are advised to stop. Once again, I would like to thank the true fans of Gor Mahia for all their support and assure them that I have an existing contract until December 31, 2016 which I intend to honour.” he continued.
The report will come as good news to Kogalo fans who deem Nuttall as the single most important component of what has turned out to be a very successful season for Kogalo. But much to the chagrin of Gor Mahia fans, the club has been trying to get Nuttall to take a pay-cut.
A Gor Mahia official confirmed to the Standard that the club has been trying to get Nuttall to take a paycut.
“We cannot afford to pay him anymore. I am aware that a letter was supposed to be sent to the coach last week asking him to take a 50 per cent pay cut or forfeit his contract.We have an option in place and are just waiting to see how it goes with Nuttall”.
Nuttall is paid Ksh 650,000 per month and an additional ksh 600,000 per month for accommodation.
This will not sit well with fans. Rather than ask the coach to take a paycut, the club should be more aggresive in soliciting funds from fans. Moribund initiatives like the paybill number should be re-activated.


Gor Mahia players apparently stopped training as Nuttall on leave

Reports suggest that Gor Mahia players did not train on Tuesday while demanding their match winning allowances.

“It is true we have not trained today (Tuesday), nobody wanted to train. We feel unappreciated and taken for granted, why should they treat us like that?  We gave out our all, we bled for the team and that is not right. We have a meeting with chairman on Wednesday to know the way forward.” said a player to goal.com

Club official David Kilo acknowledged the player strike but insisted that the club is working round the clock to resolve the outstanding allowances.

“Yes, we owe them winning allowances, which is true. However, I cannot comprehensively reveal to you what has happened today since I had traveled. I will get back to you, once I get the detailed report. We have settled their salaries though,” said Kilo to goal.com

Gor Mahia are supposed to be busy preparing for their Africa champions league return leg against AC Leopards. The club has also organized a fundraiser scheduled for Tuseday to defray expenses related to their travel to Congo.

The issue of constant player strikes and go-slows makes it more urgent that the club put in places procedures that will provide a measure of financial stability. It remains to be seen whether the club will ever move forward with such measures or whether they will continue to maintain the fire brigade approach where they wait until the building is on fire before dousing it with water.

Nuttall on brief leave

Meanwhile with no matches scheduled for several days, coach Frank Nuttall has taken a brief opportunity to visit his family. Reports suggest that Nuttall has taken several days off leaving Frank Ouna and Bobby Ogolla in charge.

“Since we have not had any activity, the coach decided to take a break and visit his family. We expect him back on Thursday and will train with the team for three days before we play AC Leopards,” Ouna told goal.com.

Nuttall has left with a specific program that the assistant coaches must follow. Ouna down-played the absence of the coach and said he left them well equipped until he returns. “We are doing just fine because he gave us a program we are following. We expect to do well in the return match because our opponents will be under pressure at home.”

Being away from your family for several months is not easy and the club certainly cannot begrudge the coach an opportunity to visit his family. The rest will leave him refreshed and ready to resume the fight for the local league title.

Calabar Training with Gor Mahia

Among the players who has trained with Gor Mahia in the past few days is David Owino Calabar. He is ineligible o play for Zesco in the champions league and as such has returned to Kenya to keep his fitness up.

“He has been training with Gor Mahia for sometime because his name was sent to Caf late for first round of continental tournament. Zesco have travelled to Mali this weekend and he will be with us until he is able to join them next week,” Ngala told Goal adding, “We hope his presence can inspire the rest of the players to aim higher as well.”

Calabar has had a good start at Zesco which includes scoring two goals in the Zambian Supercup.


Gor Mahia take on Bandari as players complain

Following the decision by the high court to lift the ban on KPL matches, the league has resumed play. KPL CEO Jack Oguda has announced that the league will try to schedule a number of midweek matches in order to reduce the backlog of fixtures.

“Right now, we are trying to see if we can arrange for mid-week fixtures and will make an announcement shortly. Our programme had fallen behind following the injunction and we need to get things back to normal service,”he said to goal.com

In that vain, Gor Mahia will take on Bandari on Thursday at City stadium.

The return of KPL fixtures is a relief to fans of local football who have become exasperated by the antics of Sam Nyamweya and FKF. Coaches are relieved as well because the lack of fixtures was demotivating certai players.

“It is difficult for a coach to train the players yet not knowing who or when they were going to play next. It looked more like a pre-season training. The morale was beginning to fade among the players,” Matano told Goal.

“A lot of sponsors have invested so much in teams this year and were beginning to feel cheated due to the stand-off which had began to have far-reaching consequences on everyone involved,” added Muhiddin.

Players complain of unpaid salaries

Some Gor Mahia players are up in arms due to non payment of allowances and salaries. According to goal.com players received on Ksh 300 each after the match against AC Leopards. This is the amount players used to be paid per game back in the 1980s.

An anonymous players has revealed to goal.com, the tribulations that the team is experiencing.

Against Sofapaka in season’s curtain raiser, we received nothing but only Sh300 which was part of our daily training allowance. Nobody spoke about our bonuses afterwards.

“When we won against Madagascar champions CNaPs in preliminary round of Caf Champons League at home, we just received daily training allowance which cannot even cater for our lunch and fare back home.

“The only ‘big money’ we have received was (85000 Malagasy Ariary), which when converted to local currency is roughly Sh2, 580, which the club provided for drinks.

“Up to date, we have not been paid our bonuses; I have never seen a disorganized team like this. How can we fight hard for the team only to get Sh300 on material day? Like on Sunday against AC Leopards, I can reveal that some players were very hungry, it was an insult to give them peanuts.”

However club EC member David Kilo has denied the reports.

“It is true we gave them Sh300, but that is our routine. It is our daily training rate. The team has its policy of paying players there bonuses; every player received his right in respect to rankings. The information you have is false.” he said to goal.com

Kilo also said that the club Chairman is meeting some of the club’s expenses out of his own pocket.

“And concerning salaries, as a club we don’t owe players. The team is financially struggling with no sponsor on board but many a times the chairman has dug deep into his pockets to pay the players. As officials we are concerned with welfare of our players’ and in no way can we mistreat them.”