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Gor needs sh3.5 million for CAF tie

The newly-elected Gor Mahia officials are getting down to business days after being voted into office.

The officials held a meeting attended by patron Raila Odinga to chart the way forward for the Kenyan Premier League champions.

The club’s priority is raising funds for the CAF Champions League that begins on February 7. In their first match, Gor take on Gabon’s US Bitam in Nairobi.

K’Ogalo’s senior vice chairman Francis Erick said the club needs Sh5 million to cater for the match. “Of the Sh5 million, Sh3.5 million will be used to host Bitam. During the return leg, we need  Sh1 million for the air tickets,” he said.

“We want to ensure that the team is comfortable. They did us proud by winning the league title after an 18-year wait. We want Gor to be bigger than this by performing well in continental matches. We have a good team that is capable of pulling surprises,” said Erick.

The club’s main target is beat Tunisia’s Esperance, whom they will face if they defeat Bitam.  The two teams last met during the 1987 Confederations Cup final in which Gor won.

Should they get past Esperance, the club will receive funding from the Confederation of African Football to participate in the rest of the tournament.

“Financial stability of the club was a key agenda at the meeting. We hope to get a new deal with Tuzo and two other sponsors,” added Erick.

Meanwhile, the team was held to a 1-1 draw by Nairobi Provincial League side Nakumatt.

Head coach Bobby Williamson is using the friendlies to find his winning combination. The new signings are also being tested ahead of the beginning of the new season next month. Gor have an uphill task of defending the league title.