In a wide ranging interview, Chairman Ambrose Rachier told Citizen Sports why he is finally exiting from the Gor Mahia chairmanship after 11 years. he also discussed his efforts to obtain land
Rachier explained that he was leaving for the following reasons:
1. He did not like to be like other African leaders who overstay
2. The sports act calls for sports administrators to hold their posts for two terms of 5 years each
3. Some fans have been agitating for his exit, even calling him Mugabe. Rachier considers this the biggest insult of all since it infers old age and staleness.
4. Some people claim that Rachier has run out of ideas and that they think they can run the club better than Rachier.
5. He wants to give all the agitators a chance to see if they can run the club.
Rachier was then asked if some of his critics might have a point since the club still does not have a training ground and other has no foundation. But Rachier responded by saying that Gor Mahia is first and foremost a football club and his main task was to win titles which he did, winning 6 titles. he said it would have been seven if Gor Mahia were not unfairly docked points in 2016.
He also said that Gor Mahia is the only team that played Everton, Hull City and the group stage of continental events.
He was asked about what structures he has put in place to give the club a strong foundation and a strong future but he insisted that his core business at the club is to win titles.
He also took credit for the return of fans since when he took over the chairmanship, the club had no fans and played to mostly empty stadia.
He also took credit for the fact that the club now has a sponsor. According to him, sponsors only came because the club was run. As well as a SACCO that enables fans to borrow money.
He said that he is busy looking for a title deed to build a stadium.
He says that the club has land at Kasarani which was given to the club by former president Daniel arap Moi
He is also partnering with Turkish airlines which he says will help the club with the construction of a stadium.
Asked why he has not been able to get the title deed despite being a lawyer himself. He says the land title deed was in Embakassi and is already occupied by squatters. So he says he is now pursuing the Kasarani land.
He says that he is not interested in pursuing the chairmanship of the FKF.
On the departure of Shakava, Kahata, Tuyisenge. He said on Tuyisenge that the club has made an offer from Petro Atletico of Angola and the club has accepted the offer. On Shakava, he says he is still under contract for 8 months. But the club would be open to offers. On Kahata, his contract is ending in June. He is open to letting Kahata go if he gets a better offer.
Asked why the club does not negotiate with players before their contract ends, he says the club tells players that anyone who wants to leave should just inform the club and those who want to renegotiate a contract renewal should also approach the club. In other words, the club is not proactive in terms of renewing contracts of good players before they leave.