Rachier explains Polacks absence

There have been numerous rumours about coach Steve Polack leaving the club. Numerous coaches have expressed interest including former AFC coach Luc Eymael and former Harambee Stars coach Sebastien Migne. Chairman Ambrose Rachier has dimssised those rumours as baseless.

Additional reporting from the Nation

The tactician left the country on September 11 for a short holiday but grapevine had it that he was set to exit the club. Rachier has however dismissed the reports and says the coach will be back soon.

“We granted him leave and he is currently in Finland. What complicates matters is the fact that he had to spend two weeks in quarantine but he should be coming back. I haven’t heard anything from him to the effect that he wants to quit the club so those are just baseless rumours,” Rachier told Nation Sport.

Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack poses for photos with the trophy after he was named the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month for November on January 9, 2020 at Camp Toyoyo grounds in Nairobi.

“He has a return ticket and is eager to continue with his work at the club. As a matter of fact, the programme the team is following at the moment was solely curated by him,” he added.

Polack joined K’Ogalo in 2019 replacing Hassan Oktay who left the club citing personal reasons.

Rachier is also confident the team has done good business in the current transfer window. The reigning Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions have signed 14 players and he believes they will fit in well into the team.

The team resumed training albeit in small groups due to Covid-19 regulations earlier this week and Rachier says all is proceeding well.

“We lost a number of players but I believe the 14 we have brought in are good enough to fill the void left. I cannot authoritatively say we now have a better team than last season – that is an area of expertise for the coach and the technical bench,” said Rachier.

“As management, we will accord the team all the necessary support within our reach to ensure the team does well locally and continentally,” he added.

Some of the new signings include Burundian International Jules Ulimwengu, Malawian wonderkid Andrew Malisero, Ugandan forward Tito Okello, Cameroonian Bertrand Konfor, Andrew Juma, former Nairobi City Stars goalkeeper Levis Opiyo, John Macharia, John Ochieng from Chemelil Sugar, Kennedy Owino, Benson Omala and Kelvin Wesonga who joined from Western Stima amongst other fresh faces.

The team lost some key players notably Kenyan International Joash Onyango who moved to Simba, goalkeeper David Mapigano to Azam, Boniface Omondi and Peter Odhiambo to Wazito and Dickson Ambundo who returned to his native Tanzania.

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Yet again Rachier promises a stadium

Newly re-elected Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier is promising once again to build a stadium on the land that the club owns at Kasarani. This is a promise he makes before and after every election

Additional reporting from the Nation

Was the re-election of long-serving Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier last Saturday a new dawn for the club or the status quo remains?

This is the question many fans are asking. They doubt Rachier’s ability to achieve much in the next four years having done very little for the past 11 years he has been at the helm.

The veteran lawyer has renewed his promise to build a stadium on K’Ogalo’s 15 acres in Kasarani, as well as a new apartment for housing players.

He has also promised fans that the club would win a continental title before he exits the scene.

Rachier has been Gor’s boss since 2008 when he took over from Erastus Okul in a smooth transition at City Stadium.

He said that he wants to surpass the record of former Chairman Douglas Oyieng’ Odola, who was in charge when Gor won the prestigious Mandela Cup in 1987.

Olang’ is the brother in-law of the late Foreign Affairs Minister, Robert Ouko who helped Gor Mahia retain its name when former President Daniel arap Moi had instructed community clubs to drop their tribal names in 1984.

“I want to build Gor Mahia a modern stadium at Kasarani and help the team win either the Caf Confederation Cup or Caf Champions League or even both. I promised to achieve this and leave,” Rachier told Nation Sport from his home in Gem, Siaya County.

He plans to build the stadium on the land donated by the late President Moi after winning the Mandela Cup.

Despite winning the Kenyan Premier League 17 times and other domestic accolades, there are mixed feelings about Rachier’s performance during his long tenure.

Compared to some of his predecessors who served in the 70s and 80s for a shorter duration compared to his, Rachier’s critics thinks that he has fallen short.

When Gor was formed in 1968, its first Chairman, Zack Ramogo led the club to their maiden Kenyan Premier League glory. In 1976, under the then Chairman, Peter Anyumba, K’Ogalo won the league title unbeaten for the first time in its history.

Last Cecafa title

The run of impressive results continued in 1979 under the chairmanship of David Opar when Gor reached the final of the Caf Winners Cup for the first time after beating Guinean giants Horoya 3-0 in a two-legged match.

Gor eventually lost in the final to Sportiff Canon Younde of Cameroon.

In 1980, the Green Army clinched the Cecafa Club Championship after beating AFC Leopards 3-2 in Blantyre, Malawi.

K’Ogalo retained the trophy in 1981, beating Simba SC of Tanzania 1-0 at City Stadium.

The club last won the Cecafa title in 1985. The then Chairman, Zack Mbori, led the club to the Cecafa victories in 1980, 81 and 85.

Under Rachier’s watch, Gor has only managed to reach the Confederation Cup quarter-finals in 2018. The team has always been eliminated in preliminary and group stages of the Caf competition and has never won the Cecafa Cup, only coming second to Azam in the 2015 edition.

Considering football has evolved due to multiple sponsorships which didn’t exist in past, K’Ogalo supporters are of the opinion that Gor should have made a great step in building its brand.

Currently, the club is in dire financial straits and it is losing key players to local rivals and in the region.

Economic initiatives started in the past to help the club become self-supporting have fallen through due to infighting and sabotage.

Rachier, 70, has said they are tired of renting apartments for their foreign players who are often harassment when there is no cash to pay rent. He said a case in point is that of Ghanaian midfielder Jackson Owusu three months ago at Jimlizer Hotel in Buruburu.

Rachier, fondly known as “ADOR” (the acronym of his name), by K’Ogalo fans, made an about turn after promising to leave office by December last year.

“What I’m saying is I won’t offer myself for re-election in the next polls. I estimate that we will need another six months to put everything in place and by December, we should hold polls,” he said in May last year.

However, Rachier said he changed his mind after SportPesa withdrew its sponsorship and the club started experiencing turbulent times.

Rachier said he did this because people would have judged him harshly for leaving a sinking ship despite doing his best for the club all the times.

He also specified that he could not build the stadium and achieve other things because of the politics at the club.

“I always take personal responsibility for failure of Gor Mahia and I want to transform it from a community club to a self-reliant entity. I have worked with some officials whose interest is to take the club backwards then blame me. There have been many economic initiatives to help the club benefit before, but they have fallen off because of silent wars.

This time it will be different,” he said.

His aim is now to recruit over 100,000 fans who can subscribe to the Sh100 monthly payment or the normal Sh1200 annual payment to help the club have a heavy financial base.

This will ensure the club sustains itself and compliment the money from the sponsors.

He also dismissed the accusation that he has held on to power for so long because the club generates a lot of money, which is always misappropriated by him and other club officials.

“I think the issue of money is what has been used to derail the progress of this great team. Where is the money at Gor Mahia? If we have over 100,000 fans then the question of misappropriation should arise. These are works of a few officials who are just tarnishing my name. However this time I have to deliver through all means.”

Nevertheless, he promised to work hand in hand with new Secretary General Sam Ochola, veteran Vice Chairman Francis Wasuna and honorary treasurer Dolphina Odhiambo to achieve his dreams before exiting.

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Rachier: I have unfinished business

 

There has been controversy over Ambrose Rachier’s decision to seek another term. He explains to Yahoo sports why he is seeking another term

Despite leading the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions for the last 12 years, Rachier has defended his move to seek re-election again during the club’s much-awaited polls set to be conducted via electronic voting on August 8.

“I have done much for this club and it is evident enough. Since I took over in 2008, we have achieved so much and that makes me proud,” Rachier is quoted by People Sports.

“In 12 years, we have won 46 trophies, surely that is something. It is also a testament I have retained my seat unopposed; it means members have always had faith in my leadership.

“To run this great club, you have to be a servant first. It is not easy to lead Gor Mahia given the image and so it is about being passionate and efficient. The reason I am in the seat is so to help drive the club to greater heights.”

Rachier, who is heading to return unopposed, as no official stepped up to contest his position, has also supported the club’s new constitution which moved to reduce the number of elective posts from 11 to four.

“It will be better to have a lean but effective office with individuals able to persecute the mandate given to them,” Rachier continued. “In the past, it was a bit complicated and sometimes differences would occur.

“We want to speak a unified language that is endeared to developing the club.”

On whether they are ready for the exercise, Rachier said: “We are ready for the polls and we have followed all directives of the Sports Act. In fact, the recent directive by Sports Registrar on deploying monitors to assess the viability and credibility of elections online is complete.

“We have ICPAK [Institute of Chartered Public Accountants of Kenya] on board and we have already forwarded names of voters who have met criteria of being registered club members.

“The Board is in place with gender balance ascertained.”

Apart from Rachier, secretary Sam Ocholla is also unopposed while former club officials ‘Sally Bollo and Francis Wasuna will battle for the vice-chairmanship post while Gor Mahia’s Augmentin official Dolphina Odhiambo will face off with Chrispine Okoth.

All systems go for elections

The Gor Mahia election board in 2016

Gor Mahia’s election board are ready for the club’s elections which will be scaled down considerably from past years. With only 500  registered members compared to over 2000 in past years and with the Chairman running unnopposed, there will be a lot less fanfare

Story courtesy of the Nation

It is all system go for Gor Mahia elections as the Electoral Board meets on Tuesday to release the guidelines for the online exercise slated for Saturday.

This even as a group of seven disgruntled fans says they will move to the Sports Dispute Tribunal (STD) on Tuesday seeking to stop the exercise.

The seven, through Omondi Omollo Advocates, had on July 21 written to the board questioning the legality of the exercise.

However, they say the response they received didn’t touch on contentious issue of academic qualification that requires all aspirants to be degree holders and registration of the club constitution.

Board chairman Henry Ogoye, on the other hand, says everything has been put in place electronically for the treasurer and vice person post which will be up for grabs.

“We have finished up on everything and we will have our last meeting on Tuesday to fine tune all aspect of the technology to be used. Every voter will have a secret code to be used in voting through a link which shall be issued,” Ogoye told Nairobi News on Monday evening.

TRANSPARENT AFFAIR

“It is going to be a transparent exercise and all issues raised recently by the registrar have all been taken care of,” he further said.

He also said they responded extensively to the demand letter by the fans on all issues within their mandate.

“The board was formed recently and couldn’t respond to all issues outside their mandate like how the new constitution was passed. Our response to them centred on the electoral rules which are anchored on club constitution,” he added.

Sports Journalist Gilbert Wandera, who is among the fans petitioning for the cancellation of the election, said they will be heading to SDT on Tuesday.

“First, they didn’t respond to us on when the constitution was registered. They have also failed to show us how the requirement of the degree was incorporated in the constitution. The board itself was also not formed through the laid down process, considering locking out other candidates has also been opposed by the Registrar of Sports,” said Wandera.

LEGAL REDRESS

He said that they have no option but to seek legal redress as the election is illegal.

Other fans who are against the exercise are Kulendeng branch official Ben Agunda, insurance financial advisor Sewe Odero, Alfred Odhiambo Otieno, George Ochieng’ Gombe, Meshack Odero and Edder Jalang’o.

Outgoing Organising Secretary Judith ‘Nyangi’ Anyango, who was barred from vying for treasurer’s post because she lacks a degree, also supports the decision to head to SDT.

Meanwhile, former club officials ‘Sally ‘Nyar Adwen’ Bollo and Francis Wasuna will lock horns for the Vice Chair’s post while Gor Mahia’s Augmentin official Dolphina Odhiambo will face off with academician Dr Chrispine Okoth who holds three Masters degrees and a PhD.

Long-serving chairman Ambrose Rachier and Sam Ochola have as good as secured the Chairmanship and Secretary General’s posts respectively having been nominated unopposed.

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Rachier: Unschooled people not welcome at Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has taken a swipe at Judith Nyangi. This comes after Judith Nyangi declared her determination to run for the position of treasurer against the wishes of Rachier.

Additional reporting from goal.com

The K’Ogalo chairman and some club officials have been at loggerheads regarding how the August polls should be conducted

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has hit out at club members who are opposed to eligibility requirements set out by the electoral board.

The need for any candidate to possess a degree has generated tangible opposition, as some members have threatened to file a case at the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) and stop the elections.

Gor Mahia’s organising secretary Judith Nyangi has been categorical that such requirements are meant to lock her out from vying for the honorary treasurer post.

“There have been jokes before where people from nowhere just appeared and vied for important posts in the club,” Rachier told Ebru TV. “If one is running for the treasurer’s post it is common knowledge that he or she must be competent in matters money and accounts.

“There is no need for picking one who cannot even write down their names,” he added. “I can never tolerate people who have not gone to school.

“Election requirements apply to various posts even for the president of Kenya, senators, members of parliament and even governors. One cannot claim he has to vie for any post just because he is a Kenyan.

“That is not how things are done.

“This process [of seeking public views] was not conducted in a short period but it took more than nine months because we wanted a document that was not only in line with the Sports Act but also one that carries the views and vision of our fans.”

Rachier, first elected into office in 2008, also clarified their intention to conduct the polls under the new constitution which has equally attracted opposition.

“We are going to conduct the polls according to our new constitution that is in line with the Sports Act and Article 81 of the constitution of the Republic,” explained Rachier. “The elections codes of conduct were discussed and approved last year, and why did the dissatisfied members raise issues then in May 2019 and waited until now?

“The elections’ code of conduct that laid down eligibility requirements for every candidate was ratified after our committee of experts and fans from Korogocho, Kibera, Kwa Sabuni, and Mathare Valley took part in the process

“So far, I stand re-elected because no one declared interest to vie for my position and Samuel Ochola has also been elected as the Secretary of the club as he had no one to challenge him.”

He also explained why they picked August as the preferred month for the exercise.

“We have always preferred to conduct our elections when there are no football actions because politics will always pollute the environment when done during the season.

“That is the reason we picked August as the month to carry out the elections.”

Rachier also declared readiness to respect any court order that could be issued concerning the mandatory intermittent elections.

“Every Kenyan has a right to raise objections on a matter they do not agree entirely with,” he concluded. “For that reason, members can petition the court and if the elections are going to be stopped I am going to respect the order from any tribunal.”

Sports Registrar Rose Wasike recently laid her own demands that the Gor Mahia elections must adhere to if they are to be approved.

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Judith Nyangi says Rachier always threatens his opponents

Nyangi seen here with players on a tour of Sudan

Judith Nyangi, who was recently locked out of the forthcoming elections by a new procedure , has accused chairman Rachier of using negative tactics to dissuade opponents from running for the Chairmanship

Additional reporting from goal.com

Gor Mahia organising secretary Judith Nyangi has claimed Ambrose Rachier threatens candidates interested in challenging him for the chairmanship post.

Nyangi and Rachier have been at loggerheads recently following the requirements of the election that every candidate running for any post in the August 8 vote must possess a degree.

The organising secretary claimed those requirements are meant to lock her out of the race for the honorary treasurer’s post.

Nyangi, in an interview with Radio Jambo, alleged Rachier, who did not attract an opponent before the nomination process closed, is always issuing threats.

“Rachier is a man of threats,” Nyangi said.

“He has been clear to me over a number of occasions that Gor Mahia is his. The Sports Act is clear that no one should serve more than two terms and if anyone dares stand against Rachier, he will be threatened by him.

“Rachier has been saying that anything he has built he cannot allow anyone to take it away from him. He has been there since 2008 does it mean he is a Gor Mahia’s life chairman?

“I have been wondering whether Gor Mahia are a community club or a private club.”

Nyangi further claimed Rachier’s dictatorial tendencies have denied Gor Mahia proper growth compared to other regional clubs.

“He should vacate office for other people now. Yes, Gor Mahia have been winning cups but what I know is that Gor Mahia are more than winning cups,” she added.

“At this time, we should be at the same level as Yanga SC and Simba SC, teams that have been robbing players from us. They are capable of taking our players because Gor Mahia are being run like a kiosk.

“The politics now at Gor Mahia is that everyone must support the ‘deep state’ and if you do not support the ‘deep state’ that is Rachier you should not be in the office in the first place.

“There is only one man that I will never oppose and that is Raila Amollo Odinga [the former Prime Minister].”

The deep state, mostly used in the political arena, is a body of people, typically influential members of government agencies or the military, believed to be involved in the secret manipulation or control of policies.

But Rachier, in a separate interview, explained why members might have opted not to challenge him.

“That depends on an individual’s interpretation [whether he has done a good job at Gor Mahia or not],” Rachier said.

“I have on many occasions welcomed people interested to stand against me to come forward and that was before our nomination process was closed.

“When the nomination process ended, it emerged that I did not have an opponent. It may be because I have done a good job or otherwise.

“I am thankful to the members who have shown confidence in me. Members should come out and elect officials to the positions that are still vacant when the time arrives.”

Dissatisfied K’Ogalo members have already threatened to take matters to the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) and stop the elections.

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Gor Mahia refuses to sign onto Betking sponsorship

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier is suspicious of Betking’s sponsorship deal with the FKF and wants to scrutinize the deal first.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Controversy continues to surround the BetKing sponsorship announced by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) after two clubs declined to sign an undertaking to receive an initial Sh500,000 released on Friday as part of the annual grants.

Record Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia and Kakamega Homeboyz didn’t append their signatures on necessary documents to receive the cash which has already been sent to 15 Kenyan Premier League clubs.

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier said he has to scrutinise the original sponsorship documents before making a decision.

Rachier revealed that he will be heading to the FKF Goal Project offices on Monday to thoroughly and keenly study the BetKing sponsorship contract and seek answers on how it will affect their operations with Betsafe which recently sponsored K’Ogalo to the tune of Sh55 million.

This is because the two companies are rivals and there maybe conflict of interest in their operations.

“What was brought to us in our meeting was just highlights on the amount, commission and the percentage that should go to the agent Andrea Silva. I have to know the impact of the contract on our relations with Betsafe,” he said.

“I will be heading to their offices on Monday to thoroughly scrutinise it and if all my questions are not answered then I won’t sign,” he added.

K’Ogalo have made it known that they won’t settle for a lower sponsorship package that will affect their current partnership with Betsafe.

Kakamega Homeboyz chairman Cleophas Shimanyula also poked holes in the BetKing sponsorship saying he will not be party to it since it lacks credibility.

“I won’t sign any document for my club to receive initial Sh500,000 because these are just tactics being used by (FKF President Nick) Mwendwa to be re-elected,” he said.

Meanwhile Tusker chairman Dan Aduda has said the five-member committee formed to oversee KPL’s transition to FKF Premier league said they will also scrutinise the details of the sponsorship deal to verify its credibility and not just rubber stamp it.

The committee is headed by Ulinzi Stars chairman Eric Oloo. Other members are Dan Shikanda (AFC Leopards), Ken Ochieng (Zoo), Robert Maoga (Kariobangi Sharks) and Tusker’s Aduda.

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Gor Mahia officials accused of pocketing Ksh 15 million


Story from goal.com

Betting firm BetKing is contemplating taking action against Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants Gor Mahia for declining a deal with them despite, allegedly, accepting a KSh15 million downpayment.

The new KPL sponsors were keen on sponsoring K’Ogalo and had reportedly agreed on a KSh30M annual sponsorship deal

Weeks ago, K’Ogalo announced another betting firm Betsafe as their shirt sponsors in a three-year-deal starting in the 2020/21 season. According to the details of the deal, Gor Mahia will get KSh55 million per year from the organization.

“They have a new sponsor but it is going to put them in trouble soon,” a senior source revealed to Goal on Thursday.

“The company [BetKing] were keen on sponsoring the team; it was on a Ksh30 million deal and everything had been agreed, and the downpayment already made. We were shocked by their last-minute change and the unveiling of our competitors.”

Reportedly, the KSh15 million was wired in a different account with a local bank, where only three officials from the club are signatories. It is a move which has raised eyebrows considering the fact that Gor Mahia have an active bank account.

As opposed to BetKing, Betsafe paid Gor Mahia Ksh5 million as downpayment, with another amount set to hit K’Ogalo accounts in a couple of weeks.

When reached for comment, Gor Mahia Secretary-General Ronald Ngala had a different version.

“We signed a deal with our kit manufacturer Umbro who promised to bring an unnamed shirt sponsor,” Ngala told Goal.

“There was no contact, no deal signed or any deal involving BetKing with Gor Mahia. Somethings we are reading are not true since Umbro had not revealed the shirt sponsors they were bringing on board.

“We went on with our search for a new sponsor and Betsafe agreed to come on board. That is when we came to understand Umbro had intentions of bringing on board BetKing who they are partnering with.”

And what about the downpayment?

“We did not receive the purported KSh15 million as reported but half the amount which was from Umbro,” Ngala continued.

“The monies were wired to the Gor Mahia accounts, the alleged account… does not exist… We only have one account, and it belongs to the club, Gor Mahia.”

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Rachier: We shall not rescind degree requirement


Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier is adamant that a degree from a University is a minimum requirement to vie for an elected position at Gor Mahia. And he is adamant that the club will not turn back on the position despite protestations from Judith Nyangi who is interested in vying for the position of treasurer.
Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier maintains the club will hold its forthcoming elections under a new constitution that dictates all elected officials must, among other qualifications, possess a university degree.

This requirement has, however, been opposed in some quarters.
Outgoing organising secretary Judith “Nyangi” Anyango, who is eyeing the treasurer’s seat, vowed to challenge the new document at the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT).

The Kenyan Premier League champions will head to the polls on August 8, and Rachier, who is gunning for a fourth term in office asserted that the new constitution had already been deposited at the Sports Registrar’s office.

The senior city lawyer, who has been at the helm of Gor for the past decade, also fell short of confirming whether or not he will serve for a final if re-elected.

“There is no turning back,” said Rachier.

“This club is no longer governed under the Societies Act and the Sports Act 2013 demands we register as a sports organisation. We have to align our constitution with the (Sports) Act, which we did last year when members met at Jukwaa Lounge and adopted what is now commonly known as the ‘Jukwaa Constitution’.”

As opposed to the previous constitution which had 11 elective positions in the club’s National Executive Committee (NEC), the new document provides from five elected positions namely chairman, vice-chairman, secretary-general, treasurer, and organising secretary.

An elected official will serve for four years, and not three as is currently the case.

“Someone is trying to lock us out (of office) and he is using this degree thing,” said Anyango, a diploma holder.

“But we will not allow that. Most members of parliament and County Assembly do not have degrees and yet they handle more sensitive and taxing roles. I will petition the Registrar and move to the SDT,” said Anyango

Rachier also said the club members will for the first time virtually elect the new officials via mobile phones, owing to a government ban on public gathering to tame the spread of Covid-19.

“Technology is key in today’s world. I’m virtually studying my Master’s degree at Trinity University in the USA. I am in my third year and yet have never set foot at the institution in Illinois,” said Rachier.

“It will be a cheaper and transparent exercise. We do not need the police as there will be no unruly people.”K’Ogalo is one of the most popular and successful football club in East Africa.

Both Dolfina and Nyangi posted their qualifications online

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Erastus Okul urges Rachier to allow new leadership

Erastus Okul (pictured above with James Orengo), who was Rachier’s immediate predecessor as Chairman is asking Rachier to allow new leadership so that new ideas can be brought to the club

Additional reporting from the Nation

Former Gor Mahia chairman Erastus Okul has waded into the upcoming club polls and opposed the candidature of his successor Ambrose Rachier in the elections slated for August 8.

Okul, who handed the mantle to Rachier in 2009, says it is time another individual takes over since he feels the former has done enough and achieved a lot at the club in his 11 years at the helm.

“I am advising Rachier to leave Gor Mahia and hand leadership to a younger generation. He has won titles and stabilized the team, this notion that the club cannot survive without him is scaring people from going for the position. He should let other people rule,” Okul told Nation Sport from his home in Kendu Bay, Homa Bay County.

Rachier has already announced his intention to defend his post and was recently quoted as saying it would not be fair to leave the club before it becomes financially stable.

Under his reign, Gor has won seven Kenyan Premier League titles and managed a quarter final berth in the Caf Confederation Cup in 2018.

The 71-year-old Okul, who also served as Kenya Premier League chairman, dismissed the attainment of degree as a condition for every aspirant to vie for the four posts up for grabs.

The four positions are Secretary General, Honorary Treasurer, Chairman and Vice Chairman.

“The issue of degree doesn’t apply in club leadership and should be struck out. Why was the constitution passed without our input as individuals who served the club in the past,? he posed.

“Any person interested in a post should be allowed to vie and majority of club members should be allowed to elect a leader of their choice,” added Okul.

He also asked for the exercise to be postponed to a later date to give all members an opportunity to participate because of the current state of coronavirus pandemic in the country.

The new Gor Mahia constitution stipulates that all aspirants for various posts should have a degree before being cleared to vie.

The issue has created divisions among supporters of outgoing club organising Secretary Judith ‘IMF’ Anyango, fondly known as Nyangi, who is interested in the honorary treasurer post.

Anyango, who doesn’t have a degree, has promised to raise her complaint with the Sports Registrar and take it to the Sports Dispute Tribunal if the new constitution will be used in the elections.

She further alleged that there is a plot to lock her out of the elections because of the thorough oversight role she has played in the last four years as a Gor Mahia official.

The electoral board has already been put in place to oversee the election and only those who will have registered by Monday midnight will be allowed to vote during the polls.

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Gor Mahia to hold Virtual Meeting to elect EC members


Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier has called a hurriedly assembled virtual meeting to be held on Tuesday meeting.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia will on Tuesday afternoon hold a virtual members only meeting with the main agenda being the election of the Executive Committee members.

Through a notice sent to the club’s registered members, Chairman Ambrose Rachier said members will receive a link to the virtual meeting before the meeting slated to begin at 3pm.

“You are hereby invited for an online June 30, 2020 from 3pm-5pm. The Agenda is Elections of Executive committee members of Gor Mahia and AOB,” the notice reads.

However, the main agenda has raised suspicion among K’Ogalo fans with some questioning the short notice for the meeting and the urgency that made the office to call for it.

But club assistant Secretary General Ronald Ngala told Nairobi News said there will be no elections during the meeting, but just discussions on the matter.

“There will be no elections but we will discuss how to start preparing for one after the situation normalises. It is just a brain storming session on the way forward concerning the club elections,” said Ngala.

CLUB ELECTIONS

There have also been calls from opposing camps for the club to hold elections and elect new officials with each camp aligning themselves to candidates they would want to clinch various positions.

However, a section of fans through the club’s social media platforms have read mischief into the matter.

Gor Mahia constitution stipulates that elections of Executive Committee Members can only be done after club elections, which have also not been conducted.

As such, all Gor Mahia officials are currently in office illegally after their two-year term expired in 2018.

The meeting comes a few weeks after Ngala removed all members who have not renewed their registration from the club’s WhatsApp group.

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