Houston, we have a deal!
After so many months of wandering in financial wilderness, the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is suddenly beaming towards Gor Mahia.
It was refreshing news to hear chairman Ambose Rachier announce that a new firm entering the Kenyan gaming scene, Betsafe, had opened up their coffers and that they would be pumping in a healthy Sh55 million annually for the next three years.
It was a moment calling for a jig around the house thinking of the many days we were living on hope alone.
But as wise men have said and penned over the years, the best thing to live on is hope because when you lost you have all but lost your very soul.
It was one of the fathers of the Christian faith and a man I have recently taken to reading a lot, Saint Augustine of Hippo, who stated: “Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.”
At Gor Mahia, we were stretched to taste the two daughters of hope named by St Augustine.
We were angry that despite the good brand name we have, nobody was stepping forth to adopt us and have us market their goods and services.
On the other hand, we had the courage that things will one day improve. So the day has arrived. As I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our new partners, and more so their in-charge of PR and Partnerships, Tom Bwana, for a job well done, my challenge now is for us as “the Green Army” to rise up, lock in step, and show our benefactors that they backed the right horse.
Which brings me to the issue of prudent use of the monies sent our way from Betsafe. This is one thing I will never tire to talk about.
I am by no means casting aspersions on the club’s management, but we have heard claims in the past about some Chinese accounting tactics employed by some officials.
Today I am throwing down the gauntlet on chairman Rachier: Sir, kindly deal firmly with anyone whose itchy fingers are found in the cookie jar.! I am 100 percent sure that the rank and file of the Green Army will support you to the hilt.
As I march out of these pages for today, I am glad that Nairobi politician Eliud Owalo spared his time and money to host the players and officials for lunch at a Nairobi hotel.
This is a good gesture sir and may many more who are able to do so stand up and be counted that they stood with our club when we were at our nadir, as far as finances go.
I have seen some prophets of doom trying to link Owalo’s gesture to the Betsafe deal.
In their words, and in the world of the impossible, where they reside, Owalo is a fair-weather supporter who only crawls out of the woodwork to lend a hand when times are good.
My retort to such is: What stops you from inviting the players for a meal? I am sure the club’s management will round up the players in a jiffy to attend your all-nighter or whatever you will call it.
(Gor biro!, yawneyo! translates to: “Gor is coming! Make way!)
Reported by JOSEPH MBOYA for Nation Newspaper