Suspended Gor, ‘Ingwe’ bosses prepare their defence
Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier and his AFC Leopards counterpart Dan Shikanda, who have been ‘provisionally suspended’ from all from football activities in the country by Football Kenya Federation (FKF), have declared that they are ready to defend themselves at the Independent Disciplinary and Appeals Committee (IDAC).
Yesterday, Rachier told People Sport that it was not procedural for Mwendwa to purport to banish him alongside Shikanda for the decision taken by the two clubs to boycott Saturday’s Mashemeji Derby that was scheduled for Nyayo Stadium without a hearing from the aggrieved parties.
The city advocate while coming short of stating whether litigations are in the offing stated: “Let the federation know that we are ready to face their disciplinary committee and if the suspensions remain, we’ll chart the next course of action.”
The Gor boss said that the August 5 time frame the federation set to pay Gor and Leopards Sh 2 million and Sh 1 million respectively, out of the Betway Cup kitty, was just a ploy to buy time to frustrate the two teams.
“FKF is doing this oblivious of the fact that Leopards and Gor need the money as they are struggling financially due to lack of funds,’’ he said.
Rachier further revealed that it was totally misleading for Mwendwa to state that the federation loaned Gor Sh 3 million ahead of the team’s continental assignments last year.
“What the federation merely gave us was an advance of the subsidies emanating from grants of which we are entitled to.
In fact, we owe the federation nothing,” said Rachier.
In the meantime, Shikanda was even more vociferous, saying: “Bare-knuckled football governance in the country is totally unacceptable.
Mwendwa has overstepped his boundaries and should know that Gor and Leopards are not Kariobangi Sharks, which he handles the way he likes. Lets meet in court.”