Fuming Gor boss Rachier vows to crack the whip on errant players


Fuming Gor boss Rachier vows to crack the whip on errant players
Ambrose Dickens Otieno Rachier Gor Mahia FC club chairman aspirant follows the proceedings during 2016 elections at the Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani on December 11, 2016. Photo/Oliver Ananda/Sportpicha/ Citizen

In Summary

  • Gor Mahia boss Ambrose Rachier has vowed to  to crack the whip on “indisciplined players” within the squad days after the infamous trip to Berkane, Morocco maintaining that the players claim to bonuses has no legal basis.
  • Speaking at a press briefing in Nairobi, Rachier said that they paid all the players their salaries, but they still refused to go on training a day before their first leg match with RS Berkane in Nairobi demanding for their allowances.

Gor Mahia boss Ambrose Rachier has vowed to  to crack the whip on “indisciplined players” within the squad days after the infamous trip to Berkane, Morocco maintaining that the players claim to bonuses has no legal basis.

At the same time the club has been fined sh 1.5m fine by CAF for crowd trouble that marred its matches against Petro Atletico of Angola and Hussein Dey of Algeria, both at home.

Speaking at a press briefing in Nairobi, Rachier said that they paid all the players their salaries, but they still refused to go on training a day before their first leg match with RS Berkane in Nairobi demanding for their allowances.

Gor were tossed out of the CAF Confederation Cup 7-1 on aggregate after losing the first leg match in Nairobi 2-0, before suffering a 5-1 meltdown in Berkane, Morocco, with the first team arriving at the match venue just two hours to kick off.

Gor Mahia FC midfielder Francis Kahata leads teammates in celebrating his goal against Na Hessein Dey FC from Algeria during their CAF Confederation cup match at Kasarani Stadium on February 24, 2019. Gor Mahia FC Won 2-0. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha/Citizen

“It should be noted that these allowances have no legal basis and as such action will be taken.

“Our first team that was to travel to Morocco on Thursday was booked for a KQ flight which developed a mechanical problem and so it didn’t take off as expected and so the team had to travel the following day (Friday),” he said.

“If we (Gor Mahia officials) are guilty or failed in any way it’s because we could not raise the Sh.8m needed for the travel arrangements,” explained.

“On this go slow by our players, we will investigate it and we will punish those players, because allowances have no legal basis,” he added.

Stung by the furore and criticism that greeted the mismanagement of the trip to Berkane, the long serving club boss put a brave face amidst a barrage of questions from reporters noting that the club is considering a number of ways in expanding the club’s cash kitty.

“To move away from these financial challenges, the club is considering raising money by having a plan where our registered members will contribute a certain fee (to be decided later) after every month .

“We will also increase the sale of our merchandise but we need to deal with cartels in this field because some produce cheaper jerseys and so we end up not selling the original uniforms,” he said of the viable long term projects which the club has refused to embrace in the last 50 years despite pressure to do so.

 

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