After visiting President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday morning, Gor Mahia’s financial woes may be a thing of the past.
This follows the Head of State’s promise to help them secure a sponsor for next season after going through most of the just-ended campaign without one.
Gor’s sponsorship agreement with Tuzo ended in March after the milk brand under Brookside Dairies failed to renew their three-year contract.
K’Ogalo who successfully defended their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title were at State House on the invitation from the President who congratulated them for their fete.
“The best part is that he promised to help us secure sponsorship for the forthcoming season when the chairman brought up the matter. I have no doubt that he will deliver because he is a man of his words,” said Gor skipper Jerim Onyango.
“We feel motivated by his gesture and the best we can do for him is to win our CAF matches and progress as far as possible. We will not only be playing as Gor Mahia, but Kenya’s representatives with the blessings of the President,” he added.
The President said: “You are role models to the young people of this country and I want us to work together in this and see how we are going to positively impact their lives and bring our people back together. People in sports, particularly you, are perfect in playing that role.”
Uhuru rewarded the players and the technical bench with Sh1million and a further Sh2million for administrative purposes.
The financial rewards will be welcome news to the 14-time Kenyan champions who are currently fighting to keep their best players and also planning for a cash drenching CAF Champions League campaign.
“This is the first time that a football club is going to State House to meet the President since 1987 when Gor won the Mandela Cup. We feel greatly honoured to have met him and exchanged ideas,” said Gor’s deputy secretary general Anima Okech. Uhuru also urged Gor to curb hooliganism which has cast them in negative light recently.