Gor Mahia granted license as CAF Champions League preliminary round draw date nears


Gor Mahia granted license as CAF Champions League preliminary round draw date nears

Festus Chuma 15:07 - 28.06.2024

With few days remaining until the CAF Champions League draw the Kenyan giants have been granted a license to participate after overcoming previous licensing hurdles.

FKF Premier League champions Gor Mahia have officially been granted the license to participate in the 2024/2025 CAF Champions League, marking their return to the prestigious tournament after a challenging hiatus.

K'Ogalo had faced a frustrating exclusion from last season’s competition despite emerging as league winners.

The denial was due to their failure to meet all club licensing requirements, primarily linked to outstanding debts owed to former foreign players.

This setback had derailed their hopes of making a triumphant return after a three-year absence from the CAF Champions League.

"Green light. Cleared by Football Kenya Federation to participate in CAF interclub competitions 2024-2025. Ready to go," the club announced enthusiastically on their official social media platforms.

Gor Mahia is among four Kenyan clubs that were granted the license by Football Kenya Federation’s First Instance Body (FIB).

The other clubs given the nod include Tusker, KCB, and Kenya Police FC.

The licenses pave the way for these clubs to participate in the 2024/25 CAF Inter Club Competitions, showcasing Kenyan football on an international stage.

The process of obtaining the license was rigorous.

According to the FKF, all clubs that qualify for the CAF Inter Club competitions based on sporting merit must be granted a license before they can participate.

Consequently, the four clubs were required to apply for their licenses through the CAF Club Licensing Online Platform (CLOP) by the June 13, 2024, deadline.

The clubs underwent a stringent evaluation based on five criteria pillars: Sporting, Infrastructure, Personnel and Administration, Legal, and Financial.

Gor Mahia, alongside the other licensed clubs, had to ensure their compliance with these criteria.

The scrutiny involved an in-depth review of the documents submitted, with the FIB meticulously assessing each club’s adherence to the set standards.

The FIB also emphasized that it would continuously provide guidance to the clubs throughout the season and holds the authority to revoke licenses should any club fail to adhere to the regulations.

The fate of Gor Mahia’s arch-rivals, AFC Leopards, however, remains undisclosed by the FKF.

The suspense adds an element of uncertainty to the local football scene as fans eagerly await further announcements.

For Gor Mahia, the news of Gor Mahia's licensing comes at a crucial time as the CAF Champions League preliminary round draw date nears.  

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