President Uhuru Kenyatta has kept his promise and handed over 12 million Kenya Shillings to Gor Mahia FC in an event witnessed by club officials. The money was handed over to Gor Mahia officials by State House Comptroller Kinuthia Mbugua.
President Kenyatta pledged the cash to Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards after he attended the Mashemeji Derby duel, which ended 1-1 on May 8 at Moi International Sports Center Kasarani.
K’Ogalo Patron and Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance Presidential candidate Raila Odinga announced President Kenyatta’s pledge while addressing thousands of ecstatic fans outside the stadium after the game.
The gift from the government comes two weeks after Gor and AFC Leopards were each awarded Sh1 million and Sh500,000 respectively after participating in the Madaraka Cup on June 1 at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Gor Mahia Secretary-General Sam Ochola, who attended the event with club chairman Ambrose Rachier, thanked the President and his entire government for the good gesture.
“We are very grateful to his Exc”We are very grateful to his Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta as Gor Mahia. The president had other engagements and the money was delivered to us by State House Comptroller Kinuthia Mbugua. The President has helped us a lot and we really want to thank him for this money which will help us in settling issues in the club,” said Ochola.
“We also want to thank the club patron and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and as Gor, we promise him that we will strive to do well and win more trophies,” added Ochola.
Ochola said plans are underway to pay their players paid the dues from the money received at State House.
The official said the club is also sourcing for a new sponsor ahead of the new season after the exit of gaming firm Betsafe.
Gor finished third in the just concluded Football Kenya Federation Premier League, while Leopards managed a fifth-place finish.