Gor unhappy with treatment from FKF
The Gor Mahia officialdom is dismayed by the treatment they are receiving from national football authorities ahead of their engagement in the Kagame Cecafa Club Championships which begin next week in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The club now says it reads mischief in the federation’s refusal to facilitate their travel to Tanzania for the regional tournament.
Early this week, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) turned down K’Ogalo’s application for air tickets ahead of their trip to Dar es Salaam.
“In other countries, teams that are taking part in such competitions are given incentives because they are carrying the flag of the entire country. Sadly, nobody seems to care whether we make it to Dar es Salaam or not, yet they expect a lot from us during the tournament,” Club organizing secretary David Kiilo said.
“The way I see it, one person is cheating the other. It is FKF who made the proposal to have federations take care of the travel costs of their respective teams, but they have turned their backs on us at the last minute,” he lamented.
Kiilo also took issue with the federation’s timing of the announcement, saying that had they been told in advance, they could have made special arrangements to foot the travel costs.
“If we could have known in advance that the federation will not be facilitating our travel, we could have held a fundraisers to meet the travel costs, but now it is too late to do that,” he said.
“It is also surprising that they made this announcement immediately after the national team had been bundled out of Chan (African Nations Championships).”
Kiilo also challenged the Kenyan Premier League to consider setting aside funds to ease the financial pressure on winning teams talking part in continental competitions.
“There is no need for winning the league and then the champions fail to honor continental tournaments. KPL should set aside funds to subsidize the costs for teams involved in continental competitions,” he added.
The 14-time league champions have been pooled in Group A alongside hosts Yanga, Djibouti’s Telecom, and Sudan’s Al Khartoum where their former midfielder Anthony “Teddy” Akumu currently plies his trade.