Nairobi business hub Two Rivers mall has handed all-time Kenyan Premier League holders Gor Mahia a training ground.
K’Ogalo have been utilizing Camp Toyoyo grounds for a period of time but opted to find another training facility after the grounds became overcrowded, hence denying the Green Army privacy in their training sessions.
The partnership was officially unveiled Wednesday at the mall with key representatives from both parties gracing the occasion, among them the club’s long serving chairman Ambrose Rachier, club’s patron Raila Odinga and the mall’s director Chris Kirubi.
In his remarks, Rachier extended his gratitude to Two Rivers for the partnership, terming it a motivational factor for the side ahead of the new 2020/21 FKFPL season that could commence on November 20th.
“We thank Chris Kirubi for partnering with us and giving us a training ground which we have been using for slightly one month now while observing the Covid-19 protocols like social distancing. Camp Toyoyo is over crowded and we did not have sufficient time to train, now here at Two Rivers we train in the morning and evening and also gives us the privacy we need,” stated Rachier as quoted by Capital Sports.
Kirubi echoed Rachier’s comments by elaborating that the new partnership will enable the 19-time KPL champions prepare adequately for both local and continental duties, further pledging the necessary back up for the Roberto Oliveira-coached team.
“We will give Gor the necessary support that they need so that they can prosper and I urge everyone to come on board so that the team can continue being the leading team in Kenya. I beg our young players to be careful and disciplined. We are looking forward to a happy relationship,” said the business tycoon.
He added, “I never thought we will ever get to host Gor Mahia as our partners. We are proud that Gor are here with us.”
Gor Mahia’s patron Raila Odinga called upon the corporate society to get involved in partnerships with community-owned clubs to save the game.
“I’m appealing to the corporate world to come forward and support community clubs a lot more. If they don’t do it, the clubs will die and if they die the spirit of football will also die,” said Raila.
Football in Kenya may resume in late November after Football Kenya Federation Premier League Wednesday released the 2020/21 fixtures with the first matches scheduled for November 20th.