Gor Mahia treasurer Kennedy Ouma has told the Daily Nation that the club may be forced to withdraw from the champions league due to lack of finances.
“These competitions are very expensive. Last year we paid the travel agents in bits and we still haven’t cleared our bills. We may be forced to stay away next year because it is meaningless to send a depleted team to such a tournament,” he said
Participation is costly. Kogalo needs approximately Sh2.5 million per match in air tickets only, while other expenses including accommodation costs could amount to an additional Sh2 million per match.
“The club is yet to put it in writing that they will not make it to the competitions but if that is the case then we will do without the competitions because the runners up (Sofapaka) will be engaged in the Confederations Cup. We are not obligated by any law to participate in the tournament,” said John Kariuki, the Football Kenya Federation media liaison officer.
Gor Mahia will face a fine of $1500 if they withdraw now. However if they withdraw after the draw is made, they could be banned from continental competitions for three years.
Gor Mahia has never withdrawn from a continental competition before participating. In 1982 the club withdrew from the first round second leg against Dinamo de Fimia of Madagascar after player unrest.