Kenya Premier League side Gor Mahia suspends Club Secretary

Kenya Premier League side Gor Mahia suspends Club Secretary

Gor Mahia suspended Secretary General Sam Ocholla after he signed the Football Kenya Federation (FKF)-StarTimes deal without the recommendation of the club’s Executive Committee (EC).

The Club’s chairperson Ambrose Rachier confirmed the suspension of Mr. Ocholla on Tuesday.

In a statement, Rachier said:

‘We have suspended our secretary Sam [Ocholla] pending his explanation in regards to the letter he wrote to StarTimes purporting to endorse the deal with FKF, but if he gives satisfactory defence we will lift it.’

The statement further read:

‘What he did was wrong, he went behind my back and the club’s members to write the letter, I have a strong feeling he was ‘bought’ by FKF to do the act, we will have him suspended pending investigations and even the club patron Odinga is aware of the decision.’

The Chinese broadcasting firm signed a seven-year deal with FKF to beam live top flight league matches, national men and women’s teams and also 30 matches in the National Super League.

But Gor, Mathare United, Ulinzi Stars, and Zoo FC have decline to sign it on grounds that they do not know its content.

Rachier accused FKF of resorting to blackmail in attempts to have the rebelling clubs sign the deal:

‘The FKF has been cajoling, coercing and blackmailing KPL clubs into endorsing such rights to Startimes media.’

He said that the 19-times Kenyan Premier League champions will only endorse the deal as clubs that have offered to pull together their rights.