Gor Mahia secretary general Sam Ocholla has denied he committed any wrong doing by allowing FKF to sell the club’s broadcast rights to StarTimes.
K’Ogalo chairman Ambrose Rachier stated the official acted out of his mandate and went against the club’s agreement. However, the renowned businessman has refuted the claims, stating he did all that for the sake of the club.
“I am the custodian of the communication in the club and head of the Secretariat for all the club’s dealings. The letter signed on behalf of Gor Mahia to FKF stands and will remain valid,” Ocholla said in a presser on Wednesday.
“Guided under articles 2 (b), 11 (a), 19, 79 (a) (c) and 81 of the FKF constitution, coupled with limited time, before the league’s kick-off and of course participation in the Champions League this weekend in Rwanda, I signed the document in good faith and absolute fairness to our beloved club as the Secretary-General.”
Ocholla has further revealed it was not his solo decision to go ahead and sign the deal with StarTimes.
“Yes, I signed the document but we had numerous discussions in the Executive Committee members’ meeting where we resolved to sign the club to the newly created FKF Premier League.
“Gor Mahia are participating in local and international football courtesy of FKF as the representative of Fifa in Kenya. Should Gor Mahia stop playing football because of an individual? No.
“It was never because I was being coerced, cajoled or blackmailed as the chairman purported Tuesday. I have signed many documents for Gor Mahia as the secretary-general and head of the club’s Secretariat including contractual ones and I wonder whether these are also illegal under Article 15 of the club.”
He has gone ahead to reveal contrary to what Rachier said, the club is aware of the content in the deal.
“The chairman alleged that FKF has not disclosed the amount of cash in the StarTimes partnership.”
“This is the summary; every club gets KSh10 million for league participation, the sponsor also foots bills on branding, pays for referees, and covers production cost.”
“Today, the chairman of Gor Mahia, who also doubles up as the chairman of KPL, knows that KPL gives a fraction of this sponsorship.
“Gor Mahia are broke! We want to gather any available monetary support to reduce the gaping operational cost even if there are no kickbacks to individuals; it is for the sake of the club.”