Kenya Premier League record Champions on Tuesday held a fundraiser to acquire funds for their trip to face USM Alger in the CAF Champions League qualifiers.
Rumor has it that the fundraiser raised a mere 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. Sportpesa was still sponsoring the team then so what could have caused this embarrassing situation?
Mind you, 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 honor 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!