Sponsorship deal will end players’ unease, says Gor boss Rachier


Sponsorship deal will end players' unease, says Gor boss Rachier
Gor Mahia FC chairman Ambrose Rachier and players celebrate with trophy after winning the Super Cup clash against AFC Leopards SC at Afraha stadium in Nakuru on January 28, 2018. Gor Mahia FC won 1-0. Photo/Sila Kiplagat/Sportpicha/Citizen

In Summary

  • Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier believes players' unease occasioned by the incessant financial woes at the club will end, at least for now, after the club secured a three-year shirt sponsorship deal with a gaming firm on Thursday.
  • Speaking hours after the deal, Rachier refuted media reports linking an unnamed Gor Mahia star to joining Tanzanian giants Simba SC, stating that players who may have wanted to leave must have changed their minds after the deal believed to be worth Sh165 million.
  • The long-serving chairman termed the reports as the makings of the media adding that none of the club officials is privy to that information.

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier believes players’ unease occasioned by the incessant financial woes at the club will end, at least for now, after the club secured a three-year multi-million shirt sponsorship deal with a gaming firm on Thursday.

Speaking hours after the deal, Rachier refuted media reports linking an unnamed Gor Mahia star to joining Tanzanian giants Simba SC, stating that players who may have wanted to leave must have changed their minds after the deal believed to be worth Sh165 million.

The long-serving chairman, termed the reports as the makings of the media adding that none of the club officials is privy to that information.

‘’We are not aware of any intention by Simba to raid our camp. They have neither talked to has nor has any player been approached from where we sit,’’ said Rachier.

Following the multimillion deal, Rachier says it will be a big relief especially to players who have gone for months without pay.

This is even as Simba SC spokesman Haji Manara hinted last week that they are in talks with another Gor Mahia player whom they intend to sign when the transfer window opens.

In a recent interview with Hot 96, Manara said having roped in Meddie Kagere and Francis Kahata from the Kenyan giants, they are not yet done with their mission and a certain player in Gor Mahia is on their radar.

“We have a good relationship with Gor. They are a great team with very good players plus their huge fan base in the region makes them a special team. We have however identified one player whom I will not disclose his name and we will be signing him when the transfer window opens,” he said.

However, Rachier says there are protocols of releasing a player from the team and it will be at their discretion to determine whether or not to release any player depending on whether or not they agree on terms with the interested team.

“We can’t just release a player because we have a team interested in him. We have our principals but at the same time if we agree on terms, we can’t deny any player a change to progress his career,’’ explained Rachier.

In recent months, dependable Gor’s Joash Onyango was rumoured to be on his way to Simba, allegations he refuted in a separate interview. Onyango said no official from Simba has approached him nor is agent aware of any such deal.

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