Gor Mahia Apologize to Government After Confusion Over Madaraka Cup Prize Kitty

Gor Mahia Apologize to Government After Confusion Over Madaraka Cup Prize Kitty

  • Gor Mahia have issued an apology to the Ministry of Sports after their Secretary-General Sam Ocholla said they were yet to receive the cash prize for the Madaraka Cup
  • The most successful club in Kenya beat their nemesis AFC Leopards in an exhibition match attended by President Uhuruku Kenyatta during the Madaraka day festivities
  • Chairman Ambrose Rachier has confirmed that they indeed received the money and apologized unreservedly for Ocholla's remarks

Kenya record champions Gor Mahia has formally apologized to the government after it emerged that they were actually paid their dues.

Gor Mahia were entitled to 1 million Kenya shillings from the Ministry of Sports after beating their arch-rivals AFC Leopards in the Madaraka Cup that was staged on June 1st.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was in attendance at the stadium in a game that marked Kenya's 59th year of self-rule.

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K'Ogalo's Secretary-General Sam Ocholla had earlier said that they were yet to receive the money promised by Kenyatta. Ocholla had accused the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Sports and Heritage Mike Kimoko of withholding the funds.

The Standard reports that Kimoko called out Ocholla for what he called 'alarmist and irresponsible behaviour.'

The money was wired directly to the respective club accounts on 3rd June, 2022 at 12.00 pm in line with Government procedures against heated demand from some club officials that the payment should be in cash.
It is therefore not only alarmist, obnoxious and irresponsible but also besmirching for the official of your club in the position of Secretary-General to misinform the general public and football lovers on the position of the payment of cash prize.
Gor Mahia, Kenya Premier League, Ministry of Sports, Uhuru Kenyatta
Gor Mahia beat AFC Leopards in the Madaraka Cup
Source: Instagram

Kimoko went ahead to demand a written apology which the club's chairman Ambrose Rachier released today.

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We write to apologise to the officer(s) concerned for this statement and to confirm that as at the date of the publication of this statement the Chairman of the Club had already been informed of the fact that the money in question had been deposited into the Club account. We confirm that indeed the money was deposited into our Cub account on 3rd June 2022.

Amina Mohamed is expected to give directions after the lapse of the Transition Committee's tenure

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported that all eyes will be on the Sports Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohamed as she will be expected to give new directions on the management of football matters in the country.

Mohamed had appointed a Transition Committee on May 11th that was supposed to run football affairs in the country for five weeks.

The Committee had taken over from the Caretaker committee that had been in place initially for a period of six months.

Source: Sports Brief News