But as far as participating in the CAF Confederation Cup is concerned, club officials know it pinches as they have to foot the bills for the tournament until they reach the moneyed group stages.
This worries Gor Mahia captain Jerim Onyango who urged the Government and Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to come on board and financially support the team that will be crowned 2013 GOtv Shield champion.
“The ministry for Sports, Arts and Culture should come in fully and support the team which will qualify to represent the country in the Confederations Cup, because it’s the national flag that will be raised.
“It’s upon FKF and the Government to at least come on board and boost the club that will clinch the title,” the outstanding captain urged.
Onyango added they don’t have any pressure to defend the title as his side is focused in the domestic tournament that they have won twice.
“We are expecting a difficult game against western Stima, but thanks to the good training and coach we have, I am hoping we will wake up on a good side and be able to convert chances that we will have into goals.
“Our fans know this is there cup, they have faith at the end of the year we will bring the trophy back home.
“What am just praying is, as a team we should continue working hard and not relax at all, am sure with the good run that we are having, God willing we will retain the title,” the outstanding K’ogalo captain declared.
The Shield enters the quarter finals this weekend where on Saturday, Mathare United squares it out with Sony Sugar in an early fixture before defending champions Gor Mahia entertains Western Stima.
On Sunday, former champions Sofapaka takes on division one side Finlays Horticulture as AFC Leopards battles it out with Karuturi Sports.
All the matches will be staged at Nyayo National Stadium.