Rachier con­fi­dent

Gor Mahia boss as­sures fans on Caf com­pli­ance and SPL ti­tle

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - FRAN­CIS WADEGU @fwadegu198

Gor Mahia chair­man Ambrose Rachier has as­sured club sup­port­ers that they will com­ply in time with the club li­cens­ing rules, and will re­tain the SportPesa Premier League ti­tle that seems to be far from their grasp at the mo­ment with four points be­hind lead­ers Tusker.

On club li­cens­ing, Rachier said his of­fice was work­ing round the clock to en­sure the min­i­mum re­quire­ments are met be­fore the Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball dead­line of October 31.

“We shall ac­tu­ally beat the dead­line. We are work­ing very hard to en­sure we com­ply with the lo­cal Sports Act as well as the CAF club li­cens­ing re­quire­ments. Most of the re­quired doc­u­ments are al­ready in place and the big­gest headache for us right now is to en­sure a new con­sti­tu­tion is passed and adopted by mem­bers,” Rachier said on the KPL of­fi­cial por­tal.

“Al­ready, we have come up with an amended draft con­sti­tu­tion which will be scru­ti­nized by mem­bers of the club on Sun­day. We hope to de­bate it suc­cess­fully and have mem­bers ap­prove it,” he added. Only clubs that have com­plied with CAF’s club li­cens­ing re­quire­ments will be el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tions.

Gor, how­ever, are yet to sub­mit the re­quired doc­u­ments for li­cens­ing to Foot­ball Kenya Fed­er­a­tion even as the October 10 dead­line set by the lo­cal body draws to a close.

On the league ti­tle race, Rachier said: “You know this team is made of win­ners. We are sec­ond on the ta­ble and the dif­fer­ence in points be­tween our­selves and Tusker is not so much. It means that the ti­tle is well within our reach and I can say with­out fear that we shall re­tain the tro­phy.”

“We ex­pect to take part in the CAF Cham­pi­ons League next year and al­ready there are plans to beef up cer­tain ar­eas of the squad so that we can com­pete well in that tour­na­ment as well as the Ce­cafa Club Cham­pi­onship,” he said.

Gor have five games to close down a four-point gap be­tween them and league lead­ers Tusker. At the same time, Rachier while speak­ing on the club of­fi­cial web­site, gave a clear word on what’s hap­pen­ing at the club, when the elec­tions will be held and also de­fended the de­lay in pass­ing a new con­sti­tu­tion in a press state­ment at the club’s sec­re­tariat.

“I wish to point out that hav­ing sub­jected the amended draft con­sti­tu­tion to the scru­tiny of the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the peo­ple, the EC shall in con­form­ity with the cur­rent reg­is­tered con­sti­tu­tion of the club is­sue a sub­stan­tive no­tice to con­vene an SGM.”

/PIC-CEN­TRE

Gor Mahia chair­man Ambrose Rachier and play­ers cel­e­brate with the Dstv Su­per­Cup tro­phy af­ter win­ning against So­fa­paka last year.

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