We’ve gone for several months without salary, Gor players say as Team Manager Obondo is ‘interdicted’

Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 04:43 | By
A section of Gor Mahia players and officials pose for a photo with SportPesa CEO after landing a Sh 80 million-a-month sponsorship deal on Friday. PHOTO/PD/ DAVID NDOLO

Gor Mahia long-serving team manager Jolawi Obondo has been sent on a 30-day compulsory leave in a move which has left more than meets the eye.

The development was confirmed by Gor secretary Sam Ochola who announced that Victor Nyaoro has been drafted in to act as team manager.

A letter signed by Ochola and which was copied to the Executive Committee and the CEO read: “It has come to the notice of the secretariat that since the term of the current Executive Committee commenced in August 2020, you’ve not taken your annual leave. This is a period of 2 years now.

It added:” The directive takes effect immediately and in his position, Victor Otieno Nyaoro will be the acting team manager. Jolawi Obondo will proceed on the said leave on 22nd September 2022 and is expected to be back on 9th November 2022,’’

However, the date for Obondo to return to K’ogalo is doubtful and especially the disapproval he has been receiving from ‘’disgruntled’ players.

Impeccable sources within the team claimed Obondo was sent on forced leave as he was not getting along well with players over his alleged malice and high handedness towards players who have been vouching for his interdiction..

Ochola said Victor Nyaoro will be the acting team manager while ruling out any possibilities of Obondo making it back to the team.

The development is least surprising and especially given the sentiments of one of the  senior players who was recently quoted saying that a section of the team’s officials were tainting his name by labeling him  the ring leader of a mutiny over unpaid salaries.

Although the player did not expressly mention Obondo, he demanded an apology from his accuser which has never come to date.

Yesterday, another senior player who sought anonymity accused part of the team’s management of using their authority without considering the feelings of the playing unit.

“I want to tell Kenyan football fans and especially those allied to Gor Mahia that things are dire at the club. There is no salary and allowances and if one dares to complain, he is targeted.”

 an imminent victimization,” said the player.

On the flip side, Obondo  who has been serving the record football champions for two decades  has a decorated history with the premier league giants ranging from continental to local achievements in the same capacity.

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