Gor Mahia to hold Virtual Meeting to elect EC members


Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier has called a hurriedly assembled virtual meeting to be held on Tuesday meeting.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia will on Tuesday afternoon hold a virtual members only meeting with the main agenda being the election of the Executive Committee members.

Through a notice sent to the club’s registered members, Chairman Ambrose Rachier said members will receive a link to the virtual meeting before the meeting slated to begin at 3pm.

“You are hereby invited for an online June 30, 2020 from 3pm-5pm. The Agenda is Elections of Executive committee members of Gor Mahia and AOB,” the notice reads.

However, the main agenda has raised suspicion among K’Ogalo fans with some questioning the short notice for the meeting and the urgency that made the office to call for it.

But club assistant Secretary General Ronald Ngala told Nairobi News said there will be no elections during the meeting, but just discussions on the matter.

“There will be no elections but we will discuss how to start preparing for one after the situation normalises. It is just a brain storming session on the way forward concerning the club elections,” said Ngala.

CLUB ELECTIONS

There have also been calls from opposing camps for the club to hold elections and elect new officials with each camp aligning themselves to candidates they would want to clinch various positions.

However, a section of fans through the club’s social media platforms have read mischief into the matter.

Gor Mahia constitution stipulates that elections of Executive Committee Members can only be done after club elections, which have also not been conducted.

As such, all Gor Mahia officials are currently in office illegally after their two-year term expired in 2018.

The meeting comes a few weeks after Ngala removed all members who have not renewed their registration from the club’s WhatsApp group.

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Gor Mahia launch membership drive as SDT overturns FKF ruling

Gor Mahia official Ronald Ngala has sent out an SOS to fans urging them to register in large numbers to prevent the club from financial collapse.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia on Tuesday issued a notification of registration of new members and called on the club faithful to participate in the exercise so as to help the team stay a float.

Club deputy secretary general Ronald Ngala also asked existing K’Ogalo members to renew their membership to continue aiding the financially-crippled reigning Kenyan Premier League champions.

“Notice is hereby given of registration of new members and renewal of existing members of the club with immediate effect. The registration of fee and renewal fee of Sh1, 200, that is payable in full at once through MPESA pay bill number 350100,” the club said in a statement.

“When making payment, please use your name as the account number to enable the club to identify you when compiling the register of members.”

“We urge our fans to register in numbers by following the outlined procedures. By registering they will provide the club with an immense income which can assist in paying players during these tough times,” Ngala said.

“Members can also bring ideas and other initiatives which can help the club grow and attract sponsors. Sponsorship doesn’t only come when the club has no money but also even during periods when we are financially stable.”

He added that the club has no money.

“No member has renewed his/her registration so far and we urge them to do so. We don’t want to quote a given target because people may think we have some bad motive on how the money shall be used,” added Ngala.

Since the exit of K’Ogalo’s shirt sponsors SportPesa last August, Gor have failed to pay players their salaries and bonuses running into several months.

Gor now join rivals AFC Leopards who recently published a list of new members and those who have renewed their membership totalling 1,700.

SDT Overrules FKF

The football scene was Tuesday evening plunged into more confusion after the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) temporarily suspended Football Kenya Federation’s (FKF) decision to cancel the 2019/2020 Kenyan Premier League season.

Additional reporting from the Nation

SDT chairman John Ohaga made the ruling following an application filed by both the Kenyan Premier League body and Chemelil Sugar, and certified as urgent.

The ports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) is once again disregarding FIFA rules as they have declared FKF’s decision to crown Gor Mahia the league winners null and void.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Ohaga has also invited all the 18 clubs competing in the top-flight football league this season to have their say on the matter before directing that the respondents in the matter, namely FKF, its president Nick Mwendwa, and general secretary Barry Otieno, be served via digital platforms, including mobile messaging app WhatsApp.

The case is set to be heard on May 26.

“My main concern is that things were not done as per the law and that is why we decided to seek legal interpretation,” said KPL’s chief executive Jack Oguda.

The court case comes ten days after Mwendwa announced, via Twitter, that the top-flight league season had been cancelled.

He cited the coronavirus pandemic which had occasioned the temporary suspension of the competition as the reason.

Further Mwendwa declared Gor Mahia league champions and announced he had forwarded the club’s name to the Confederation of African Football (Caf) as the country’s representatives ahead of next season’s Caf Champions League.

But Oguda, whose body is mandated by FKF to run the top-flight league, has consistently claimed Mwendwa jumped the gun and did not consult before arriving at the decision.

Gor, Kakamega Homeboyz and Tusker occupied the top three positions in the league by the time it was halted with an average nine rounds of matches to be contested.

In the wrong end of the table, Sony Sugar, Chemelil and Kisumu All Stars occupied the relegation spots.

This is the fourth case involving FKF that has been filed at the SDT in the past five months. The other two cases led to the cancelation of FKF’s county and national elections and Mwendwa is currently still fighting another legal battle which will determine whether he remains in office or his term of office has expired.

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Ngala now says Djabel was not signed

Gor Mahia official Ronald Ngala has refuted reports that Gor Mahia have signed Rwandan midfielder Djabel Manishimwe .

According to Ngala, the club is looking for a striker not a midfielder.

‘’Our midfield is packed and we cannot sign a midfielder. The coach is only interested in a striker and we are busy scouting for one either locally or an import’’, he said according to Citizen Sports.

According t Ngala, they have included Kahata’s name in the squad for the 2019 CECAFA club cup which starts in a week.

‘’We have included the names of the three players on AFCON assignment with the national team in Egypt and they will join us in Rwanda should Harambee stars fail to qualify for the round of 16’’. he said.

This even as Simba have announced the signing of Kahata and players attending AFCON are likely to be too fatigued to play in CECAFA.

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Officials say players are being incited

Club official Ronald Ngala says that a club official keeps inciting players towards boycotts and go-slows while Chairman Rachier has vowed disciplinary action

Additional reporting from the Nation
Gor Mahia’s hierarchy has vowed to crack the whip on the playing unit following a boycott that led to 2-0 loss to Morocco’s RS Berkane in first leg match of Caf Confederation Cup quarter-final match on Sunday in Nairobi.

And a disbandment of the playing unit is one of the options officials are contemplating. The club’s leadership on Tuesday said that while players are right to demand money owed to them, the playing unit was being incited by a club official to arm-twist the office into acting upon ‘unreasonable demands.’

Deputy Secretary General Ronald Ngala told Nation Sport that some club officials have made shadowy deals with players with the aim of taking home part of the winning allowances and bonuses paid to the players.

Ngala said the players have conveniently forgotten that each of them received Sh100,000 last month as bonus for reaching the quarter-finals of Caf Confederation Cup.

The long serving Gor official reiterated Monday’s threat by club chairman Ambrose Rachier that players have taken the issue of boycott ‘a little too far’’, adding that ‘a drastic action’ is now inevitable.

“Do you know there is a time when the club operated without a sponsor for two years? Yet the players never complained as much as they are doing now. Let’s not go round in circles. These players are being incited by one of us,” Ngala said.
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“It is regrettable that some of us have sunk so low that they share these monies with the players. So they incite the players to go on strike so that they can also get their share. That is quite unfortunate.”

“We have noted this and have been keeping quiet as officials for long, but action must now be taken. If we follow the law, the players stand to lose big time,” he said.

Ngala’s comments come a day after Gor players candidly spoke to Nation Sport about the ill-treatment they have endured in the course of the current campaign that culminated in the poor performance against RS Berkane.

The rift between the players and the management is now growing wider, and there was an unusually sombre mood yesterday at Camp Toyoyo where the players converged to train for the first time since the Sunday’s match.

K’Ogalo is scheduled to play Bandari this afternoon in Mbaraki in a SportPesa Shield round of 16 match. The team leaves Thursday night for Morocco to play RS Berkane in return match on Sunday.

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Ngala says Ze Maria is staying put

Speculation has been rife that Gor Mahia’s Brazilian tactician, Ze Maria could be shown the door soon. This comes after a series of poor results in the Kenya Premier League and most notably in the GoTV shield where Gor Mahia were eliminated by second tier side Nzoia United. Arch rivals AFC Leopards who were also eliminated from the GoTV shield and promptly jettisoned their Belgian coach Kim Minnaert. However club official Ronald Ngala has said that no discussion of the coach’s status has happened.
“The coach (Jose Marcelo) is with us and at the moment he is here to stay. Just like any other person, he is concerned about the team’s form and we understand he has been trying to work so hard but results are not coming,” said Ngala to the Standard.

Ngala did say that the club Executive Committee is concerned about the run of poor results and is monitoring the situation closely.

“With the current form, you will hear a lot of things about the team, but when the results start coming they will die. Nobody has given him an ultimatum, but we are trying to do everything possible to ensure the team gets back to its winning ways,” Ngala continued.

The current run of poor results has puzzled many fans. When Ze Maria joined, the club was very close to the relegation zone. However with the recovery from injury of Tuyisenge, the club shot straight to the top of the standings. But since then it has been downhill. Suddenly Tuyisenge who was on a scoring spree can no longer find the net. Kagere’s form from 2015 is all but a memory. One explanation is that with Khalid Aucho gone, the midfield has lost an important ball winner and passer. But that alone cannot explain the current run of poor form.

Another explanation is that When Ze Maria arrived, he injected new tactics which caught many teams by surprise, resulting in good results. But teams have now adapted to those tactics and have figured out how to defend against the system. The mark of a great coach is the ability to adapt and change tactics from game to game and from situation to situation. When one playing style is not working, its up to the coach to change and adapt new tactics.

Ze Maria has had almost two weeks and now has five more days to show some improvement. The next match is against Chemelil at Nyayo stadium on Saturday. Later this month, Gor Mahia will face Ulinzi and arch rivals AFC Leopards.

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List of FKF rules to combat hooliganism

On Tuesday, FKF announced new rules aimed at combating hooliganism in Kenyan stadia.

• An independent Committee involving key stakeholders will be formed to handle all matches involving Gor Mahia FC and AFC Leopards SC. That these two clubs will no longer appoint security stewards for their matches

• That a player or team official who by their actions is deemed to cause or aggravate crowd trouble or incite fans, players or team officials to actions that could lead to crowd trouble, match disruption or abandonment will be banned for four matches and incur a fine of Kshs 20,000 for the first offence.

A repeat offender will be banned for three hundred and sixty five days (365).

• Any player or team official who attacks or attempts to attack a match official will be suspended for three hundred and sixty five days (365 days). The team that the player plays for will be liable for any and all damages caused to the match official(s).

• That the club whose players or fans are liable for causing the abandonment of a match will;

a) Lose the match on a 2-0, three point basis.

b) Be deducted six points

c) Will play its next home match in an empty stadium. In the event that the team repeats the offence it will be deducted six points and play its next consecutive three matches in an empty stadium. If the team commits the offence for a third time it will be relegated to a lower league and will be fined Five hundred thousand shillings (Kshs 500,000)

• That a spectator who causes a fight or incites crowd violence will be banned from attending all football matches in the country. It will be the responsibility of the team that he/she supports to ensure that the spectator is denied entry. If a club is found guilty of not enforcing this rule the Federation will take appropriate action against the club. This action could be a fine, playing home matches in empty stadiums or deduction of points.

• If a supporter of a particular team invades the field of play with an intention to cause violence on players or match officials, the club that he supports will be fined Kshs 100,000 and play three of its consecutive home matches in an empty stadium.

• These rules will be form the basis of far reaching regulations aimed at tackling the escalating vice of hooliganism and violence in our football. The rules will come into force immediately.

Ngala dismisses new rules

Gor Mahia official Ronald Ngala is unhappy that FKF is comparing Gor Mahia to AFC yet the incident with AFC fans in Mumias was much worse.

“The latest incident was only brought to light after what happened in Mumias and now people are trying to compare us with AFC Leopards yet  the incidences involved in our match was not that bad.” said Ngala to goal.com

Ngala also says that they have not officially heard from sportpesa.

“As a club we have not received any communication from the sponsors about the suspension nor have they engaged us before taking such action,” Ngala told goal.com

Seriousness needed

Ngala and other officials would be best advised to take seriously the threat from sportpesa and reach out to the sponsors. In addition to the rules outlined by FKF, the club should condemn the actions of hooligans and outline the steps it will take.

A suggested by this column several months ago, a portion of the sponsorship money should be spent on beefing up security for both home and away games. There is no reason a fan should have been allowed to accost the referee in the manner he did in front of TV and newspaper cameras.

Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri for his part has said that the sponsorship will be re-instated when the clubs meet specific conditions set by Sportpesa.

“We have summoned the officials of the teams to meet within the week and we will reinstate this sponsorship once we are satisfied that actions are being taken to curb this vice that has gripped football.

Sponsors will not just sit back and watch as our brand is tarnished. I think we have done so much to enhance security but all these will be in vain if the teams cannot control the fans” said Karauri at the presser

Gor Mahia will therefore need to work diligently and show a higher level of seriousness if they want the sponsorship re-instated soon.

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Gor Mahia transfer news Jan 23

Gor Mahia official Ronald Ngala has come out to deny that the club owes Khalid Aucho alot of money.

“What is Aucho talking about? I fail to understand, in fact I am dumbfounded! Which salary is he talking about? And how much is it? As a matter of fact, we have cleared players’ salaries and allowances. The only thing we have not cleared is winning bonuses which is not much and that is not a big deal to us, so Aucho should say how much he is owed. If he wants salary increment and contract extension, why can’t he come we solve that issue instead, of trying to do things the way he is doing?” said Ngala to goal.com

Aucho has earlier on claimed that his salay and bonuses are in arrears.

“Hopefully I will be back in Kenya end of this week or early next week but I do not know whether I will be playing for Gor Mahia or not. They owe me a lot of money, from allowances to salaries and no one is talking to me. I want to come and have a talk with them and that will determine my future with the team which I regard highly in my heart.” he said to goal.com on Friday.

Meanwhile another club official Anima “ferrari”Oketch has come out to explain why the club opted to pursue Jacque Tuyisenge instead of fighting to keep Meddie Kagere who had a stellar year in 2015

Speaking to The Nairobian, K’Ogalo’s Deputy Secretary General Anima Ferrari said it makes a lot of economic sense to bring the Rwandan player on board.

“We will be spending Sh4 million on Tuyisenge. This however will be paid in a span of two years. That is quite fair. Kagere on the other hand demanded Sh2.5 million per year, which adds up to Sh5 million in two years,” Ferrari told The Nairobian.

The club spent $40,000 (about Sh4 million) to capture Tuyisenge had elicited debate with many questioning the move.

“Tuyisenge is in his twenties, he is still very young and can be of much value to the club in future. Kagere, though good and tested in the KPL, is much older. It would therefore be unwise to spend millions, which we do not have anyway, just to have his services for the 2016 season,” added Ferrari who believes the new acquisition will do just fine in the league.

 

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Ngala calls for better prize money

Gor Mahia organizing secretary Ronald Ngala has expressed dissapointment that the Kenya Premier League has not increaed the prize money for the KPL Top 8.  Since 2011 the winners have received Ksh 1 million.
“Playing the tournament is now becoming a burden to us because we have to spend money preparing the team. Granted, KPL subsidises some of our costs, but it still does not make economic sense,” he said. ”It is disappointing the money has remained constant for all those years. There ought to be an annual increase of about Sh1 million. That would have made sense.” said Ngala to the Standard.
Ngala said by taking part in the tournament, his club actually helps KPL to make money, since the league company retains the gate collections.“What will happen when we don’t take part or when we are eliminated in the first round?” continued Ngala.

But KPL’s Chairman of Finance Committee George Odhiambo defended the company, saying they can only pay what they have. “It is unfair to compare ourselves with the PSL without looking at what they get in terms of sponsorship and what we have. The fact is we can’t pay what we don’t have, but we need to start from somewhere,” he said.

For winning the Kenya Premier League, Gor Mahia will   receive Ksh 4.5 million. Should they win the GoTV shield, they would collect another Ksh 2.5 million, bringing the total to Ksh 7.5 million.
The winner of the Tanzanian league receives the equivalent of Ksh 3.81 million. But the winner of the South African League receives a whopping Ksh 80 million !
In August of this season, the KPL signed a new sponsorship deal with Sportpesa that is worth Ksh 80 million per year.

Nuttall keen on retaining Walusimbi

>Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall wants to see Ugandan international Godfrey Walusimbi retained by the club. Walusimbi’s contract ends at the end of this year. The club has not initiated any talks to renew his contract. Some reports on social media suggested that Walusimbi put some of his household items on sale.

“Personally I want Walusimbi here at the club. I am very happy with him. He is a top player and one that has contributed immensely to the success of the club, during my time here and I am very happy to have him.  I know that there is a contract situation that needs to be solved but all I can say is that I am happy with him and would like him to stay. The club will look at his situation and I believe something will be agreed between the two sides,” said Nuttall to supersport.

Walusimbi’s all round brilliant play has been instrumental in the club’s successful league campaigns. He has scored goals and provided timely assists. Most notable were the two goals he scored that sunk Bandari 2-0 in Mombasa. His understanding of the game and tactical astuteness makes him a valuable player for Frank Nuttall.

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Nuttall set to return Friday as Gor Mahia release 3

Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall is set to return on Friday after a well deserved holiday. This means he will miss the GoTV shield match against Langata Gremio and will not play much of a role in preparing the team for the clash against Chemelil on Saturday. However team official Ronald Ngala says there is no cause for alarm.

“He left behind a comprehensive training program with his assistant and so there is no cause regarding his absence. The team is in very good hands and we expect to start well on Saturday,” Ngala told goal.com

Chemelil are playing their home matches at Afraha because Kisumu stadium has been banned due to its flimsy perimeter fence that is easily torn down by fans. Case in point was the last match of the 2014 season. When Eric Ochieng scored, fans tore down the fence and almost caused a stampede. And in the last match Gor Mahia played at Moi stadium, fans poured into the pitch forcing certain players to rush to the dressing room. KPL has thus mandated that Kisumu county address these issues. Knowing

Three Players Released

Israel Emuge, Charles Bruno and Jerry Santos have all been released by the club.

“We have released Santos, Bruno and Emuge, we thought it is wise to release them so that they can get some game elsewhere, as a club we would like to thank them for their service to Gor Mahia and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors” said Ronald Ngala to futaa.com

Neither player has featured much for the club this season. Bruno who was signed in the middle of 2014 played a key role for the club and acquited himself well when the club was beset with departures and injuries. Bruno who joined from Thika United was once a very promising player who even attended trials in Italy after he played for the Kenya U-17 side. He will thrive at SoNy Sugar where he can play with no pressure.

Emuge for his part has been very solid when on the field but is often injured. Jerry Santos hardly played for Kogalo. He had seen the writing on the wall long ago and started to train with Posta Rangers.

SoNy Sugar are keen on signing Charles Bruno. The departed trio joins Kevin Oluoch who has joined Muhoroni, leaving Kogalo rather thin in the centre back position.

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KPL rule bars Sserunkuma return

Gor Mahia will likely stop pursuing Ugandan talisman Dan Sserunkuma due to restrictions on foreign players. KPL teams are allowed to sign six foreign players of whom 5 can be on the field at one time. Gor Mahia and Sofapaka were allowed to sign 7. The KPL now wants all KPL teams to be on equal footing. As such they have told Gor Mahia that they would need to drop 3 foreigners to sign Sserunkuma.

“It will not be possible to sign Sserunkuma or any other foreign player now or in future until we release three or their contracts run out. That is the rule and Kenyan Premier League have made it clear to us.” said Ronald Ngala to goal.com.

KPL Chair Jack Oguda explained the new ruling

“We want to have equality. We have decided that the number of foreign players must be equal across board. Clubs which were allowed more foreigners will have to limit themselves to what we have now set,” observed Oguda to supersport.com

This ruling which did not exist at the start of the season was likely arrived at by KPL to curb Gor Mahia’s dominance.

This also means Gor Mahia will stop pursuing Rwanda striker Jean Baptist Mugiraneza. But it also means that players like Agwanda, Blackberry and Timothy Otieno will have opportunities to showcase their skills in tournaments like KPL top *, FKF cup, CECAFA cup and the rest.

No More signings

Ngala suggested that the club will not sign any more players.

“We signed very well at the beginning of the season and the signature of Agwanda may be our only transfer business in this transfer window.”

If this is true it means that Gor Mahia will not pursue Paul Were. And it contradicts an earlier statement by the club which said the coach (Nuttall) wanted to sign a striker, a midfielder and a central defender.

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