Kenya Premier League record Champions, Gor Mahia, on Tuesday held a fundraiser to finance its trip to face USM Alger in the CAF Champions League qualifiers.
Opera News understands the fundraiser raised about Kshs 1.5m which is not expected to fully cater for the trip to Algeria. The club even has a paybill number as pleas for money reach the next level. Players have not received their August salaries too.
The management has blamed the withdrawal of main sponsors, Sportpesa, as the main cause of their financial woes but a deeper look into the archives proves that the explanation is a half-cooked one, at best.
Last season, Gor Mahia players were forced to sleep on airport floors in Morocco a day before they faced RS Berkane in the CAF Confederations Cup quarter-final second leg tie.
Betting firm giant SportPesa was still sponsoring the team then so what could have caused this embarrassing situation?
Gor Mahia is the most supported team in the country and thousands of fans will almost always follow them wherever they are playing around the country. The team in itself is a brand and it is baffling as to how they are broke almost every season.
All this points to mismanagement of funds by the relevant individuals. The fact that high profile invited guests such as Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga failed to honour the fundraiser speaks volumes on how they perceive the club’s management.
Gor Mahia is slowly becoming the boy who cried wolf and people are taking notice. It might come to haunt them when the real wolf comes actually appears and no one will be there to heed to their cries!