March 19, 2019

KPL PRE SEASON THOUGHTS: WHY K’OGALO NEED A WAKE UP CALL

 

The Mighty Gor Mahia need to stop papering over their financial cracks if they want to retain their title.

BY STEVE NJUGUNA

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Gor Mahia has been a joy to watch in the last two seasons of the Kenyan top flight soccer league. The Green army has conquered all before them in the league and also got to the finals of the regional CECAFA tournament in Tanzania .Their playing style under Scottish coach Frank Nutall has being characterized by inch perfect passing as well as a hail of goals courtesy of prolific marksmen such as Meddie Kagere and Michael Olunga.However beneath all the glossy success stories lies a ticking time bomb.

There has been a marked lack of stability in terms of finance. This is due to the fact that their main sponsor Tuzo did not renew their sponsorship deal. Despite the best efforts of their fans and a bread sponsorship deal, the costs of running a club of the stature of Gor Mahia are just too high. This is evidenced by the fact that the players have threatened on various occasions not to honor their ties, a phenomenon which was witnessed more often by archrivals AFC Leopards who are also under dire financial constraints. At the end of the day, despite the success there is a lingering feeling of despair in the K’ogalo camp as financial promises to players and staff are repeatedly broken.

The tricky situation at Gor Mahia can only be solved by getting more sponsorship. This is the only way the Green army will be able to maintain their players happy and  in good shape and also acquisition top talent .The administration have to push in more effort in their attempts to bring in more sponsors as this is the only way Gor Mahia can be able to compete against Africa’s elite clubs. Otherwise, they may even lose the ground they have covered domestically as other clubs with stable finances such as Bandari and Muhoroni Youth are able to attract top talent to their ranks.

The mass exodus of some of the club’s best talents over the recent years such as the loss of Anthony Akumu and David Owino as well as Meddie Kagere and the impending loss of talismanic striker Michael Olunga is evidence enough that if the Kenyan champions do not put their house in order, they could be in for a bad time in the Kenya premier league.

 

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