Gor Mahia CEO Raymond Oruo has stated that the club has not received official communication from Confederation of African Football (CAF) regarding disqualification from the champions league.
According to media reports, the CEO said he is not aware of the source of the reports going round on social media, adding they do not have the authentic information yet.
In an announcement on Thursday, July 20, officials disqualified Gor Mahia for failing to meet the CAF Club Licensing Rule.
Further, CAF directed FKF President Nick Mwendwa to revoke Gor Mahia’s license.
Additionally, Gor may be fined Ksh.1.4 million or more depending on the decision by the CAF Champions League dispute resolution committee.
CAF revealed that Gor owes three of its former players Jules Ulimwengu, Yangayay Sando Sando and Adama Keita who reported the club to FIFA for failing to pay their salaries.
Gor had up to Thursday 5pm to pay the dues but failed to meet the deadline.
” I expect us to be in the draw. It is known that the three players have taken the club to FIFA, and we are working to solve the matter,” said Oruo.
The Club qualified for the CAF Champions League after winning the 2022/2023 FKF premier by one point against rivals Tusker.
This disqualification means that no Kenyan club will participate in the competition.
However, should CAF allocate Kenya a slot, Tusker which finished second will play.
Neither the FKF President nor Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba, has commented on the matter.
Gor Mahia 20th Premier League Trophy
Gor qualified for the CAF competition after winning the FKF Premier league.
This was Gor’s 20th Premier league trophy making it one of the most successful clubs in Kenya.
Gor went into the finals against Nairobi City Stars with just a point ahead of defending champions Tusker who played Vihiga Bullets.
This meant that Gor needed to win against City Stars to get the crown without relying on the results from their competitors.
Gor won 4-1 to climb to 70 points to lift the trophy despite Tusker’s four-goal-win against Vihiga Bullets.
However, Tusker remains to be the second most decorated club in the Kenyan football history with 12 premier league trophies, 8 behind Gor.
According to Gor’s Treasurer, Sally Bolo, the club did not receive any money from FKF despite winning the premier league.
However, Information and Technology CS Eliud Owalo awarded the club 3 million shillings for their win.
“I have this afternoon hosted the victorious Gor Mahia FC for lunch, a day after they lifted the coveted FKF Premier League trophy.
I congratulated the team for winning the league and gave them a cash reward of Ksh3 million,” CS Owalo posted on his social media platforms.
The Club’s patron former Prime Minister Raila Odinga handed Gor 1.5 million shillings while businessman Jared Otieno awarded the Club 1 million shillings.
Gor’s partner Sportpesa promised to extend its sponsorship and awarded Ksh.3.65 million bonus.
“We didn’t realize that it will take one season to win again. We want to bring Gor Mahia back to where it was before,” said SportPesa CEO Ronaldo Karauri.
“When we started this about five years ago, no team in the region would be compared to Gor Mahia but compare Yanga and Gor now and there is a significant difference. The roles were reversed around 2019. Our goal is to ensure you get paid as well as the best players in Africa.”