Kikpkirui: It is difficult but I haven’t left

Striker Nicholas Kipkirui who was reported to be leaving Gor Mahia has stated that he has not left. He howerver indicated that life has become very difficult for Gor Mahia players ever since the withdrawal of Sportpesa

Additional reporting from the Star

The trio of Kipkirui, Harambee Stars right back Philemon Otieno and Ghanaian import Jackson Owusu were rumoured to have parted ways with the record champions due to lack of pay.

Among the players who have ditched the club are assistant captain and Stars centre half Joash Onyango who joined Tanzanian champions Simba and Boniface Omondi who left for Wazito.

Third choice goalkeeper Peter Odhiambo and the Tanzanian duo of Dickson Ambundo and David Mapigano have also quit while others are rumoured to be on their way out.

Kipkirui, who arrived at Gor in 2018, said he had more than a year remaining on his contract and was yet to decide on his next move. The former Zoo FC striker said should he elect to part company with his employers, he will do it in a more respectful and honourable manner.

“I haven’t left Gor neither have I agreed to take another challenge elsewhere or been handed my release letter. I still have more than a year remaining on my contract and if I get another deal, I will endeavour to exit harmoniously. It’s normal for players to be linked to other clubs and land offers when transfer window opens,” said the Stars trialist.

Despite rebutting the exit claims,Kipkirui admitted that life at Gor was increasingly becoming unbearable.

Gor players have been barely surviving from the time they lost their former shirt sponsor SportPesa last year with most of them relying on handouts and donations from fans.

The club signed a Sh55 million deal per year with Betsafe in June but the sponsorship will take effect next season. Kipkirui called on the club management to take care of the players’ welfare.

“Life is a bit tough out here considering we have gone for long without pay. Its upon the management to take care of the players otherwise other clubs will take advantage of our vulnerability,” he added.

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7 thoughts on “Kikpkirui: It is difficult but I haven’t left

  • August 20, 2020 at 12:30 pm
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    Honorable man. You deserve respect.

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  • August 20, 2020 at 10:24 pm
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    Just leave…….I have been with the team for years and things dont get better around here. Do you remember what Mapigano said during our last training session?. It. Was all true bro. We now can see it for ourselves

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  • August 21, 2020 at 1:28 am
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    Gor like any other organizations is now having trying moments but things will improve it is just a matter of when but things will change, the players who have stayed put have done well and they won’t regret. This is the time to have solidarity with the time.

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    • August 21, 2020 at 7:20 am
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      We contribute to branches and GMAF but they don’t pass on the money to players and TB.
      Only players and TB are suffering while officials sit pretty.
      Instead they horde the money and claim to repair buses that never come out of the garage and engage in projects that don’t benefit players, TB i.e the club.
      E.g
      With your GMAF membership card, walk into any DTB Branch countrywide to get your FREE MULTICURRENCY PRE PAID CARD. https://dtbk.dtbafrica.com

      Lack of transparency & accountability is the bane of GMFC and associated organisations.

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      • August 21, 2020 at 12:33 pm
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        Why are u spreading false hoods here mate?U know very well GMAF mandate is to pay winning bonuses and have done that religiously untill the league was stopped. I sympathise with the players and Fans must be counted more so in this times of CoVid with no matches…

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  • August 21, 2020 at 1:28 pm
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    Thank-you for emphatically clarifying the obvious, that GMAF continues to get contributions from its members every month but will only pay the players and TB when they win their next league match whenever that will be.

    Contributions will still be received in the future months to pay winning bonuses for matches won then.
    It seems Corona virus / curfew months are a windfall not to be used to alleviate players & TB suffering.

    Until then all that GMAF can offer the GMFC players & TB is sympathy as they retain the monies raised month, after month, after month until the next win.

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