By Cliff Nyakwar Dani
Let me begin by congratulating our club chairman, Mr. Ambrose Dickson Otieno Rachier (ADOR), on securing another mandate to lead the club for another four years.
That Ambrose Rachier`s name is already etched firmly in Gor Mahia`s history books is a fact that cannot be overemphasized. The good advocate will be fondly remembered for waking up a sleeping giant that K’Ogalo was in 2008 and bringing it back to the path of success on the pitch.
Under his reign, local and regional teams have been felled mercilessly as the trophy cabinet expands with every passing year. Because of him, we have continued to attract some of the best talents who have ensured that our domination on the pitch remains unchallenged.
The seven league titles won in eight years between 2008 and 2020, as well as our CECAFA and continental forays affirm ADOR`s legacy as the club`s most successful chairman. Not even his greatest critics (and he has quite a number) can argue with this fact.
There are however areas that even the chair himself will agree that we haven`t done well in under his illustrious and success-laden reign. Despite our decade long success on the pitch, we are yet to make any significant stride towards turning the huge potential that is Gor Mahia into a modern soccer enterprise that will outlive the current success.
We have had so many false starts in areas such merchandize sales, modern ticketing, membership drives among others. In fact, even the huge fan base that we are often credited with seems to be shrinking- at least in terms of match day attendance.
This new term is therefore a God-given chance to the chairman to cement his legacy beyond the field of play. It is time to make deliberate steps towards making this club a business giant. I hope the chairman can see this fresh mandate as a chance to right the wrongs that have been committed in this regard.
With goodwill and concerted effort from his office, Gor Mahia has huge potential that can be harnessed for posterity. The lean executive occasioned by the new constitution only means, I hope, that he now has more room for consensus and less political bickering- which has been partly blamed for our stagnation in the past.
The next generation of K’Ogalo fans may not know how well we played en route to becoming invincible in 2015, or how we made life difficult for Wayne Rooney and his Everton teammates in Tanzania; but they definitely will appreciate inheriting a modern training ground, a profitable merchandize shop and a structured membership system.
Over to you sir!