The league holders, who are winless in the last seven Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League outings, are in a crisis of sorts, with midfielder Kenneth Muguna and defender Charles Momanyi recently dumping the club for Tanzanian moneybags Azam and Tusker FC respectively.
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“I can confidently tell you about 10 of my teammates are in negotiations with other teams. Their focus is elsewhere,” explained a player who spoke off the record.
“Everybody is pressing the exit button in this club.”
The player reiterated morale within the playing staff is low after reportedly for four months without salary.
“We have been given endless promises on settling our dues. If getting water during training sessions is a problem, how sure are you that we will be paid our money?” he posed.
With six matches to the end of the season, Gor is in the eighth position on the 17-team league standings.
These average returns on the pitch and looming exodus has placed pressure and focus on long-serving club chairman Ambrose Rachier and team manager Jolawi Obondoi with the team also preparing to represent the country in the Caf Confederation Cup in the 2021/2022 season.
Besides the looming exits, Gor have been banned from signing players by Fifa owing to monies owed to former players and coaches at the club.
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As the derby looms, there are reports that other players are seeking to follow Muguna and Momanyi out
Gor Mahia officials in public spat
There is more trouble in Gor Mahia’s camp, with recently elected treasurer Dolphina Odhiambo and long-serving team manager Jolawi Obondo involved in an ugly public spat.
In an interview with Nairobi News, Odhiambo vowed she is not about to relent in her bid to weed cartels out of the financially troubled side.
Among those she has told to toe the line or ship out are long-serving technical director Jolawi Obondo, plus club supporters who are opposed to her style of leadership.
Odhiambo has also defended herself from the financial challenges currently dogging the Kenyan champions. The players at the club are currently on strike due to unpaid salaries.
“This club requires sanity and I wouldn’t be derailed by individuals who think things will continue normally. They are fighting me because I have touched the departments where they were eating from,” Odhiambo claimed.
“Players have been signed at the club by well-known cartels who have to leave. Why are they blaming me yet the current financial crisis at the club has not started today? Here at Gor if you try to affect new ideas then the beneficiaries oppose you,” said Odhiambo.
The official also defended her sentiment that the club owes chairman Ambrose Rachier Sh100 million after securing loans for the club using his personal property.
“As of December 2018, the club had a debt of Sh92 million. The amount has since gone upwards and this is the bitter truth. The club is in debt and we should be lean on our financial usage,” she added.
Contacted, Obondo defended himself saying Odhiambo is engaging in witch-hunting with a preferred individual in mind to take over his position as the team manager. He vowed to stay put saying only the executive committee decision can remove him from his role.
“I have played an integral part at the club all these years and if I have to leave it has to be in a procedural manner. It is true the treasurer has confronted me to leave but other top officials of the club are of different views and even appreciate my services,” said Obondo.
He regretted the events that have been going on in the club and the frustrations he has gone through, blaming Odhiambo for fighting even the club junior staff so as to reward her cronies.