Owalo gifts Gor Mahia Sh250,000, pledges to help club invest
Amani National Congress politician Eliud Owalo has promised to assist Gor Mahia engage in income generating ventures to help the club remain financially afloat even without sponsorship in the future.
Owalo, who unsuccessfully contested the Kibra parliamentary by-elections last year, on Saturday hosted Gor Mahia officials, players and members of the technical bench for luncheon at Sarova Panafric Hotel in Nairobi.
Owala said it is high time the Kenyan football giants be self-reliant so as to be in the same league as some of the best clubs in Africa and Europe.
During the event, he gifted the team Sh250,000 to cushion them during this tough times of coronavirus pandemic.
“Moving forward, I submit that we must deploy a business-model in management of the club to make the club financially viable and sustainable. If Arsenal can do it, Gor can equally do it. If Barcelona can do it, why not Gor Mahia?” he posed.
Gor Mahia players have not been paid for the last five months but last Thursday the club got a new leas of life after securing Sh55 million sponsorship with international betting firm, Betsafe.
The company also sponsored K’Ogalo rivals AFC Leopards to the tune of Sh40 million per season for the next three years.
Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier, coach Steven Polack, official Judith Nyangi, team manager Jolawi Obondo and several players attended the luncheon.
Acting captain Joachim Oluoch, who spoke on behalf of the players, thanked Owalo for his kind and generous gesture.