President promises to help Gor Mahia find sponsor


President Uhuru Kenyatta has promised to help Gor Mahia find a sponsor next season. According to a report posted on goal.com, President Kenyatta said he will personally intervene to ensure that Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia have a sponsor for next season.

Club chairman Ambrose Rachier told goal.com that the president said he would take it upon himself to find a sponsor. “leave the issue of sponsorship to me.” said President Kenyatta apparently.

“The President was very categorical that he will intervene to ensure we have a title sponsor,” said Rachier

Rachier also pleaded with the president to ensure the government deals with hooliganism. “Please help us deal with this hooliganism by arresting and prosecuting those culprits,”

Kenyatta promised that the police would deal with the vice.

“Security agencies are going to deal with that issue of hooliganism,” said President Kenyatta.

During the function, the president donated KES 2 million to the club and a further KES 1 million to the team.

This is the first time President Uhuru has hosted a football club.

Gor Mahia set to visit State House

Gor Mahia could become the first football team to visit the State house. They apparently have already received an invitation.  According to goal.com, it is understood that President Uhuru Kenyatta is keen to help the team acquire another sponsorship after their previous one with Tuzo lapsed.

“The President has been very keen to meet the team and he has finally secured them an appointment on Thursday. Furthermore, he is keen to see the club get a sponsor and is willing to help. He is likely to reveal this during their Thursday visit,”said a well placed source goal.com

President Uhuru Kenyatta was among the first to congratulate Gor Mahia after they captured the 2014 Tusker Premier league.

Nyamweya asks government to pay for air tickets

Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier recently raised the alarm suggesting that Gor Mahia may not be able to participate in the 2015 Africa champions league. This is due to the prohibitive cost of playing away from home which according to Rachier amounts to KES 7 million.

With that in mind, FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya has appealed to the government to purchase tickets for the club.

“We want to ask the government to assist Gor Mahia honor their first two fixtures by giving them air tickets. I missed my flight to Kisumu to watch final match against Ushuru FC because flights were fully booked by Gor Mahia fans. The quality football we saw in Kisumu has never been witnessed in the country and that is a true sign that we are destined for greatness.

“The league has ended well and Gor Mahia has won and they deserved to win. We expect a very exiting league next year. As you can see the Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Culture Dr. Wario is here too and that is a sign that our sponsor number one, The Government of Kenya, is well in our support.

“I remember President Uhuru Kenyatta sent his congratulatory message to the team within half an hour of being declared champions and soon we will take the champions to go and shake hands with him.” said Nyamweya.

Back in the early 1990s , 1980s and 1970s, it was the government that footed the bill whenever Kenya’s representatives played in continental tournaments and even the CECAFA club cup. That all ended when the IMF introduced austerity measures in the 1990s.

Wario Praises Gor Mahia

Minister Hassan Wario did not commit any government support. He whowever praised Gor Mahia for brnging color to league.

“The colours you (Gor mahia fans) bring to kenyanfootball is second to none.You have made watching football even on television interesting. Long live Gor mahia” said Wario

“Gor Mahia are worthy champions. They brought pomp and color to the league. The KPL would be poorer without you but the concern of hooliganism must be dealt with,” continued Wario.

In a separate function, former speaker Farah Maalim also declared his support for Gor Mahia

I dont go around looking for Manchester United,Arsenal….I support Gor Mahia Football club…I believe in homegrown.”said Maalim

 

Gor Mahia to extend Nuttall’s contract

After having retained the 2014 Kenya Premier league in a tumultous season, the next item on the club’s agenda is to renew the contract of Scottish coach Frank Nuttall. The Scot arrived midway through the season with no head-coaching experience and there were doubts among many regarding his coaching ability. As a result, he was placed on a probationary contract. But Nuttall rejuvenated a Gor Mahia side that had just recently put up a listless performance at the 2014 CECAFA cup.

Next year Gor Mahia are faced with another uphill task in local as well as international tournaments. The first step has to be to renew Nuttall’s contract.

Club Chairman Ambrose Rachier has praised Nuttall for his creativity.
“We are happy with what he has done here. When we engaged him in September, people said he is a fitness coach, who can’t help us. Over time he has disapproved all of us.

“Look at the match against Ushuru for example. He started with a strange line-up putting players in unfamiliar positions. That was a brave move and we think he is the best man to do the job here.

“I want to tell fans that Nuttall is going nowewhere. We are beginning negotiations soon to decide on the length of his new contract and renumeration. We hope that before he leaves, we will have agreed on a frame work of how everything goes.” said Rachier to goal.com

Club secretary general Chris Omondi echoed the chairman’s words.
“We shall sit down as an executive committee and talk with him. We don’t have much time because the continental assignments begin in January so we must iron out the issue as fast as we can,”

Uhuru, Sonko and Kidero Gor Mahia

President Uhuru Kenyatta, Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero and Senator Mike ‘Sonko’ Mbuvi are among the top politicians to congratulate Gor Mahia for lifting the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title over the weekend.
President Uhuru, through his social media account posted – “Congratulations Gor Mahia on winning the Kenya Premier League”.
Governor Kidero who has played a pivotal role in financially supporting the club this season  also posted on social media to send a word of congratulations :  “As expected, Gor retains their title as KPL Champions. Congratulations”.
Sonko says he has admirted the club since he watched the legendary 1987 side. . He said Gor’s win was important in that it shows the high level of football standards within Nairobi County. “My love for the club dates back to 1987 when players like Peter Dawo, John Bobby Ogolla and Sammy Onyango Jogoo grabbed headlines. As the Nairobi Senator, I feel compelled to support clubs within my region. I will work with the Nairobi Governor to ensure that Nairobi clubs are supported in the best way possible,” Sonko said.

Meanwhile, the team jetted back to Nairobi yesterday from Kisumu to a rapturous reception from the clubs fans

Image courtesy of Vincentos Omollo

 

 

Images courtesy of Vincentos Omollo