Kenya’s football giants Gor Mahia have parted ways with their sponsors, Betafriq – two months into their KSh. 228 million three-year deal.
Koga’lo, as the club is popularly referred to by its fanatic fan bases, have confirmed the termination of their contract with the betting company.
Speaking to media concerning the termination of the contract, the club chairman Ambrose Rachier confirmed to the press that the termination of their contract with the betting company was in good faith, and that there is nothing sinister to read between the lines, or to speculate on.
“Gor Mahia received a sponsorship termination letter from Betafriq. We understand their position which they clearly said was in good faith and we wish them well,” Rachier told Nyanza Daily. This means that there will still be financial issues with the club when it comes to paying players.
Payment of players has been a thorn in the flesh for the 19 times Kenyan Premier League winners. It must be noted that the club had previously gone through a tough financial times, which even led them to lose one of their pivotal midfielder, Kenneth Muguna, to neighbors Tanzanian Yanga.
K’ogalo, as the club is commonly known in Kenya and to its fans, have had to beg for financial assistances from well-wishers, and especially from politicians, who later would use their kind gestures towards the club as a political campaign tool.
However, the chairman was optimistic that all isn’t lost, since there are other potential sponsors who are ready to put pen to paper as they sign new sponsorship deals with one time East Africa’s footballing powerhouse.
“We are working on, and hopefully we will get another sponsor on board as soon as possible to cushion us as we prepare for the season ahead. We have potential partners who have shown interest and we hope things work out well,” said Rachier.