NAIROBI, December 14- Gor Mahia boycotted their GOTv Shield third-place play-off due to what they termed as being short-changed by organisers; Football Kenya Federation (FKF) over television and gate collection monies.
Gor whose domestic treble-chase ended last Wednesday when they were knocked-out by losing finalists, FKF-Premier League side, Nakumatt FC, handed Muhoroni Youth a walkover and Sh750,000 in prize money after failing to show up at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium.
Speaking to SuperSport.com, K’Ogalo chairman, Ambrose Rachier, who is in the running for the top FKF seat claimed the club were receiving a raw deal from the federation that was yet to announce any punitive measures against the SportPesa Premier League champions by press time.
“I had personally spoken to FKF Secretary General, Michael Esakwa and issued him with a notice that Gor Mahia would not honour the game.
“It’s a shame FKF was using Gor Mahia to get gate collections and I can tell you without blinking that in four matches we have played in the GOtv shield’ FKF have only given the club Sh24,500 yet we have used over Sh400,000 in preparations that include paying allowances and other needs,” Rachier told the website.
He added: “In the first game, FKF gave us a mere Sh9,000. In the second game they gave us Sh10, 000 and in the third, Sh2,500. How are we expected to take the same and yet it’s the Gor Mahia fans who come to the stadiums to watch the matches?
“We cannot be taken for a ride. That is why it was impossible to honour the match and we put the same to them in writing as we felt the federation was only looking for ways to capitalise from Gor Mahia huge fans base to benefit themselves yet we needed to pay our players at the point. It was impossible to play yet we were incurring losses as a club.”
Gor, who wrapped the domestic top flight crown in September were drawn to face CNAPS of Madagascar in the preliminary round of the 2016 CAF Champions League with Shield winners, Bandari FC setting up a clash against St. Eloi Lupopo of Democratic Republic of Congo in the corresponding face of the CAF Confederations Cup.
Gor eliminated CNaPs in this season’s Champions League before falling to AC Leopards of Congo in the first round.