Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has appealed to the club stakeholders to have patience with the sponsorship issue after meeting with Sportpesa on Thursday January 4, 2017.
The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Champions are at crossroads on the upcoming season after the betting firm issued them with a notice of contract termination following a 35 per cent tax increase on betting.
“I have today (Thursday) held a meeting with SportPesa to plead with them not to withdraw their sponsorship at least to Gor Mahia, having regard to the forthcoming CAF Champions League campaign in February as well as the league duties,” stated a press release.
Gor Mahia have made a number of signings to beef up their squad in preparation for the CAF Champions League, meaning that a rise in wage bill is highly expected in the 2018 season. For the continental showpiece, Ko’galo have been paired against Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea and are scheduled to host them between February 9-11 for the first leg match before traveling to Equatorial Guinea for the return leg a week later.
“I cited the importance of pre-season training and the need to pay salaries for December 2017 to the players and staff as well as to pay sign-on fees for new players,” he added
“Our request is receiving attention. I therefore request our stakeholders to be patient as we await the outcome possibly tomorrow.”