Gor CEO Aduda free to campaign for FKF presidency: Rachier


Gor CEO Aduda free to campaign for FKF presidency: Rachier
Football Kenya Federation presidential aspirant Ambrose Rachier cast his vote during the national elections held at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani in Nairobi on February 10 2016. Photo/Oliver Ananda/Sportpicha/Citizen

In Summary

  • Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier says  club CEO Ludovick Aduda has the nod to vie  for the FKF presidency while still keeping his seat at K’Ogalo.
  • Aduda has thrust his hat in the ring for the FKF top seat and yesterday signed a pre-election pact with other contenders among them Nicholas Musonye, Twaha Mbarak and Sam Shollei.
  • Rachier however says that Omondi, a veteran football administrator, is within his rights as Gor constitution allows him to run for the FKF top seat.

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier says  club CEO Ludovick Aduda has the nod to vie  for the FKF presidency while still keeping his seat at K’Ogalo.

Aduda has thrust his hat in the ring for the FKF top seat and yesterday signed a pre-election pact with other contenders among them Nicholas Musonye, Twaha Mbarak and Sam Shollei.

Rachier however says that Omondi, a veteran football administrator, is within his rights as Gor constitution allows him to run for the FKF top seat.

“We have no issue with his candidature, only that he has not told us about intention to vie for the top seat at the Federation. But he is free to do so since the constitution doesn’t bar him,” said Rachier.

The K’Ogalo boss however says the CEO seat will fall vacant on August 8 when Gor will go into polls to elect a new office in the polls to be conducted electronically.

“After the August 8 elections we will advertise the position of CEO and will invite interested candidates who will go through a rigorous process before we can settle on one suitable candidate. It will not be elective this time as was before,’’ added Rachier.

Gor had earlier indicated that in the forthcoming club elections, only four positions will be electable – the Chairman, Secretary General, Vice-chair and that of the Treasurer. In the meantime Rachier had admitted that Captain Kenneth Muguna and his assistant Joash Onyango are within their right to say they can quit the club. The chairman says the players are protected by a FIFA clause since the club owes them a lot of money.

Muguna and Onyango, who are both Kenyan internationals, are on record saying the club has not approached them for contract extension and can decide on the next step to take.

Rachier however says as at now they are still under contract with the club and the transfer window is yet to open.

“As the chairman of Kenyan Premier League, I am even yet to know when active football will resume so some matters can be reserved for now till such a time. I can’t bar any player from quitting the club since as Gor, we are always happy at the growth of a player,” he added.

A number of Gor players have in the past threatened to ditch the club over nonpayment of salaries and dues but some recanted their statements when the club penned a Sh55 million a year deal with a gaming firm.

Rachier says they also have a number of players on their radar but their hands are tied due to lack of transfer funds.

He added that the new shirt sponsor will only release the first batch of money upon the resumption of the league and as at now they have no money.

This even as speculation continues to swirl that Joash Onyango is on his way to Tanzanian side Simba SC, an allegation which Onyango ‘Berlin Wall’ has refuted.

Simba spokesperson Hajji Manara had indicated that they are in talks with a Gor Mahia defender and that they are targeting him when the transfer window opens.  Rachier however declined to release the names of players on their radar saying it will be done at the right time.

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