Rachier: CR Belouzidad were much better

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier tells the Daily Nation that Kogalo players are average and that CR Belouizidad are a much better team

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia Tuesday jet back to the country after suffering a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Algerian side CR Belouizdad in the Caf Champions League first round first leg last Saturday.

The 25-man contingent, who travelled for the continental assignment, will arrive in Nairobi at 7.40am.

Gor face an uphill task to overturn this result in the second leg rescheduled to January 6 and the ongoing strike among a section of playing unit further complicates matters for the Kenyan champions.

Salary arrears

Before departing to Algeria for the first leg, players threatened to boycott the first leg demanding two months salary arrears. Gor need to beat CR Belouizdad 7-0 in the return leg to qualify for the group stage of the competition, but this seems like a mirage with motivation lacking in the playing unit.

Club chairman Ambrose Rachier Sunday categorically stated that the huge defeat can’t be attributed to strikes, insisting CR Belouizdad is a better side by a mile.

“Arsenal are performing badly. Liverpool recently beat Crystal palace 7-0. Can you say Arsenal and Crystal Palace players were on strike because they haven’t been paid?” posed Rachier.

“I wouldn’t also say we have average players, it is only that CR Belouizdad were a much better team than us in the whole match. Let’s accept that,” he underlined.

Patrick Odhiambo leaving

A number of players who sought anonymity have accused the club management of not settling the arrears and vowed to continue with the strikes.

“How can you win games when you are leading a miserable life in the city despite playing for a big club? We’ve had enough of the empty promises as our rent continues to accrue and life gets hard because even meeting basic needs for our families is hard,” one of the aggrieved players told Nation Sport.

The record champions could also begin the hunt for a new technical bench soon.

The club has already parted ways with Brazilian Roberto Oliveira who lacked the necessary coaching badges to oversee both continental games and league matches.

Posta Rangers tactician Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo, who acted as Gor’s stand-in coach in Caf matches against APR and CR Belouizdad, will be returning to his parent club for league matches.

On the other hand, Gor assistant coach Patrick Odhiambo could be on his way to coastal side Bandari to replace Ken Odhiambo, who is linked with the vacant Sofapaka job.

With club officials still divided on the running of club, notably the controversial StarTimes broadcast deal, it remains to be seen which direction K’Ogalo will take with results not forthcoming on the pitch and the playing unit demoralised.

12 thoughts on “Rachier: CR Belouzidad were much better

  • December 29, 2020 at 6:09 am

    I agree with Rachier that Belouzidad was a better team but I take seriously his statement that our players are average player. He and his team signed average player knowing very that they couldn’t do well. I partially disagree with him that the strike did not affect the preparations. Bwana chairman, such kind of leadership style is no longer helpful in today’s football. Just do a good X-ray of the whole team and you will realize that the buck stops at the mismanagement of leadership. To lead a team more successfully, leaders need to be aware of these 11 personality scales or “derailers”:

    Excitable – People scoring high on this scale have lots of energy and enthusiasm for new projects. However, they quickly become disinterested when projects don’t go according to original plans. They tend to express their frustrations with people and projects publicly in emotional outbursts, creating an unsettling workplace atmosphere, where employees walk on eggshells for fear of upsetting or disappointing their leader.

    Skeptical – Leaders scoring highly on this scale are distrustful of others, believing that others will stab them in the back as soon as they let their guard down. While this approach keeps the leader attuned to the sometimes-ugly underbelly of organizational politics, this person is ultimately unable to gain anyone else’s trust either. This ultimately results in a completely dysfunctional work environment where decisions are made via secret meetings and without open discourse.

    Cautious – Cautious leaders operate in constant fear of making a mistake. They believe that you can never be certain of anything and operate with the worst-case-scenario in mind. As a result, they are reluctant to try new approaches or to make-decisions of any real consequences. Their subordinates learn to work around them if they want to get anything accomplished.

    Reserved – Reserved leaders believe that work is done best when people can focus in complete solitude. They keep face-to-face time to a minimum and lock themselves away when things get stressful. Reserved leaders are also less sympathetic to other people’s problems which results in their subordinates viewing them as cold, hard-nosed, and unhelpful.

    Leisurely – Leisurely individuals show up as polite and socially skilled when leading a team, which is why they are often liked and respected within their organization. However, after working closely with these people for some time, employees will see through the smokescreen and notice many fatal flaws. When faced with real challenges, these leaders are not very productive, and will react by finding ways to avoid and deflect responsibility.

    Bold – Bold leaders are inspiring, courageous, and confident. While employees may learn a lot from these individuals about how to rise to the top of organizations, they can also be challenging to work for. They refuse to acknowledge or take accountability for their mistakes and failures – for fear of losing face – and so the blame will always fall on employees. Likewise, these individuals take credit for major wins, and are bad at recognizing and rewarding hard work from their team.

    Mischievous – Mischievous people love thrill and excitement and thrive in high-octane situations. Leaders scoring highly here are willing to take risks and will spring into action during times of stress. In a leadership role, this is certainly necessary, but challenges arise for workers when leaders score too highly here. These leaders sometimes lack consideration for their workers, who put in the groundwork that set them up for success, and who are most impacted when taking on large, ambitious projects.

    Colorful – Colorful leaders enjoy being the center of attention, and thrive during stressful situations too, but in different ways. Whereas mischievous leaders live for the rush of high-risk projects, colorful leaders enjoy the fame and attention these projects bring, which can work against their favor. Employees often find these leaders chaotic and erratic to work with and will have to deal with poor organization and indecisiveness.

    Imaginative – Imaginative people are highly creative and love to engage in brainstorming sessions. They view even simple problems as immensely complex and in need of highly innovative solutions. As leaders, they become easily bored by daily tasks and activities and are easily distracted by their own thoughts. As a result, their subordinates view them as unfocused and impractical.

    Diligent – Diligent individuals are perfectionists and have a hard time delegating work efficiently among their staff. As a result, they tend to complete most tasks themselves – taking on more than they can manage – which hinders quality and turnaround. These leaders are challenging to work with, in that they slow down productivity and micromanage their staff.

    Dutiful – Dutiful leaders lack initiative and resourcefulness. In stark contrast to the diligent leader, these individuals rely too heavily on their team-members, hoping that they will carry the project through to completion without having to take any real responsibility or make any risky decisions.

    Bwana Rachier, find where you are and lead this team in a manner that would best serve the club and your legacy. This year’s failures are erasing all your past achievements from the memory books.


  • December 29, 2020 at 6:12 am

    Mugabe, Jolawi and Wasuna have a combined 24 year experience, of failing in CAF.
    Every season they sack the league winning coach so they can control the mass transfer/signing of players.


  • December 29, 2020 at 6:36 am

    Gor Mahia is doomed.
    Going by the above Rachier does not intend to change.
    He’s stubborn and set in his ways.
    Only solution is to get rid of him ASAP from the club’s chairmanship.

  • December 29, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Ador you are going off track and killing the same team we so hardly built together…Arrogance is not the solution neither are baseless excuses. Running GMfc as a One Man show was bound to fail someday. All SGs cannot be bad after every election cycle. Disunity and cartels are destroying my team. I am not happy at all with goings-on at my club that I left in good standing…

    • December 29, 2020 at 5:24 pm

      Rachier has been off track for 3 years. It is only now that the deficiencies are being exposed

  • December 29, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    ADOR is so full of himself but soon he will fall with a thoud.. Pride comes before a fall

  • December 30, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Jasego en ango ma bwanani tinde madho?

    • December 30, 2020 at 1:08 pm

      He is busy taking Gor back where he painstakingly brought it from. Awuori.

    • December 31, 2020 at 10:02 pm

      Jamruambi amuna na Ador madho no pek ochopo kama koro odwoko gor elum kuma noyude…

  • December 30, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    Look at the mess brewing at the club.

    1) Speaking to Nairobi News from his home country, an angry Owusu claims not once during his five-month stint with the Kenyan champions did the club did pay him his monthly salary. He is demanding Sh2.6 million in accrued salaries, bonuses, and signing-on fees.

    2) FIFA recently ordered K’Ogalo to pay Tanzanian footballer Dickson Ambundo Sh1.3 million in accrued remuneration and interest with 45 days.

    3) Polack has also reportedly filed a case at Fifa after the club defaulted on paying him his severance package.

  • January 7, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Rachier is a failure. He has clearly shown his lack of experience to lead a big club of Gor’s stature. It’s high time he walks out


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