Club legend Tobias Ocholla was a key performer when Kogalo eliminated Hellenic of South Africa also on away goal rule in 1993. He was elated at the historic performance that saw Kogalo qualify for the CAF Confederations cup.
“Despite their ups and downs I think they have remained very steadfast. This is a team that needed a good Samaritan to pay for their travel and for me it’s the best way to show they are thankful. “Now more people will want to help,” said Ocholla to Citizen Sports
Ocholla was especially high on Francis Kahata
He’s been brilliant throughout and that has come with a lot of hard work. He is a very technical player and I think the coach (Kerr) has added something new to his game; he likes to give confidence to his players.
“Kahata was not even going to South Africa but I think it was the intervention of God that he got his passport and went on to score the goal that propelled Gor to the group stage,” Ocholla continued.
Ocholla also noted that the money made available by CAF will serve to motivate the players.
“The money they will get at every new stage should be a motivation but they have to keep believing in themselves because they have the right quality. Sometimes you can see they’re too good for the KPL and it also tells you a bit about their depth.
Ocholla concluded by stating that Gor Mahia’s feat will serve as motivation for other Kenyan sides.
“What Gor have done is commendable because they have put Kenya back to a map where we have been out for a very long time. It’s a challenge for those behind them in the KPL to work hard,” the iconic captain who led Gor and the national team through their best ever runs at continental level said.
East Africa Breweries have offered fans of Kenya Premier league teams as well as Kenya cup rugby teams a chance to finance their teams to the tune of up to KES 5 million by the end of this year.
According to the East Africa Standard, EABL have created a competition dubbed Jenga Game allows fans who take Tusker to contribute Sh2 to their clubs every time they consume their preferred drinks. East African Breweries Limited (EABL), who are the title sponsors of the league, will also top up the amount of money going to teams. Fans will be able to contribute money to their preferred teams by sending their teams’ code to the number 21450. All the 16 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clubs have been given a code to help fans easily identify with their teams. The standard report did not give information on what the specific codes for each club is.
An excited Tusker marketing manager Martin Esyalai made the announcement.
“ Tusker has played a major role in the development of football and rugby, which have provided memorable moments for Kenyans. “Our brand is synonymous with the good times these iconic players have given us and it’s only appropriate that they are the face of Twende Game,” said Esyalai to the Standard.
Former Gor Mahia full back Tobias Ocholla has been selected to promote the competition along with other legends like Josphat Murila (formely of AFC), George Sunguti who played for AFC and later joined Gor Mahia in the early 1990s and Lavin Asego who plays rugby for Mwamba and formerly with the Kenya sevens team.
Gor Mahia typically leads in these competitions and it will be disappointing if the club does not win this time. So next time you buy crates of beer for your party, remember to apply this code.
The last time such a promotion was mooted was in 2012 when the Nation group launched the Tokelezea na jalee where nation would sell jackets and give Gor Mahia a fraction of the proceeds. The deal fell through because the then sponsors Tuzo were unhappy that the merchandize being sold by the club did not have the Tuzo logo.