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Gor Mahia explain GOtv Shield boycott

15 December 2015, 12:27

Nairobi - Gor Mahia have revealed the club opted to boycott the GoTV Shield third-place play-off due to the fact the tournament has financially drained the club.

K'Ogalo were scheduled to face Muhoroni Youth for the bronze medal on Sunday, but their failure to report for the game meant the win was awarded to the latter.

Rachier has since spoken out over their decision to skip the match, telling SuperSport: "I had personally spoken to FKF Secretary General Michael Esakwa and issued him with a notice that Gor Mahia would not honour the game. It's a shame that FKF was using Gor to get gate collections and in four matches we have played in the GOtv shield FKF have only given the club Sh24,500 yet we have used over KES 400,000 in preparations which includes paying allowances and other needs.

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"In the first game FKF gave us a mere KES 9000 in the second game they gave us KES 10,000 and in the third game KES 2,500. How are we expected the same and yet it's the Gor fans who come to the stadiums to watch the matches?

"We cannot be taken for a ride that is why it was impossible to honour the match and we put the same to them in writing as we felt the federation was only looking for ways to capitalise from Gor Mahia huge fans base to benefit themselves yet we needed to pay our players at the point it was impossible to play yet we were incurring losses as a club."

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