Why demoralised Gor Mahia players want an apology from the club

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FOOTBALL Why demoralised Gor Mahia players want an apology from the club

Joel Omotto 15:23 - 28.07.2023

The disappointed players feel let down by the K’Ogalo hierarchy after it failed to honour its obligations

Gor Mahia players have expressed their disappointment at missing out on CAF Champions League action following the club’s expulsion from the competition due to their inability to pay money owed to former players on time.

CAF conducted the Champions League draw on Tuesday but the Kenyan champions, Gor Mahia were not part of the teams, having seen their club license revoked under Article 16 8(b) of the CAF Club licensing regulations for “violating its obligation” in paying former players on time.

The development arose after the club failed to settle the dues of three of its former players, namely Adama Keita, Jules Ulimwengu, and Sando Yangayay, the latter who took the matter to CAF after the club failed to honour its agreement.

It is a development that has left Gor players displeased and demoralized and feel the club should have at least told the players on time to avoid the last-minute heartache.

“The office needs to apologise to the players. The players did their part and now it was up to them to also do their part but we don’t know what happened,” Gor forward George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo told Pulse Sports.

“It has killed our morale because we were fighting to play in the CAF competition but now it is not there.”

Odhiambo’s sentiments were shared by goalkeeper Gad Mathews, who was one of the club’s outstanding performers last season, keeping 17 clean sheets to share the Golden Glove Award with Humphrey Katasi of Nzoia Sugar.

“It is paining that what we were fighting for will unfortunately not happen. It is very demoralising. It was everyone’s dream to play continental football because that is how you get an opportunity to market yourself out there as a player,” Mathews weighed in.

According to the shot-stopper, the missed opportunity is already having an impact on the player’s decision whether to stay or leave the club.

“It is even affecting the decisions of some players in terms of whether to renew or leave the club. Some are saying it is a wasted effort and not worth it to stay,” added Mathews.

Mathews himself has revealed his desire to leave K’Ogalo due to lack of clarity over his future while defender Dennis Ng'ang'a has joined Zambian outfit Zanaco with midfielder Peter Oudu and John Ochieng among the others to have exited.

With Gor Mahia out, Kakamega Homeboyz will be Kenya’s only representative on the continent after Football Kenya Federation’s efforts to have Tusker FC replace K’Ogalo proved futile.

Homeboyz will play in the second tier CAF Confederation Cup, starting with a preliminary round clash against Libya’s Al Hilal, between August 25 and 27.