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Gor Mahia players and the technical bench were on Saturday treated to a luncheon by businessman Eliud Owalo at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi.

The luncheon came just two days after the reigning Kenya Premier League Champions signed a sponsorship deal worth 55 million with betting firm BetSafe.

Owalo gave out Kshs. 250k as a token of appreciation to the playing unit and Technical bench.

This comes at a time when players at the club have had to make to without salaries for months. Before BetSafe came on board, Kogallo had no sponsor following the exit of Sportpesa hence making it difficult for the club’s management to make ends meet.

The team has had to survive on donations from fans and various financial drives like fundraisers.

Despite signing the new sponsorship deal with BetSafe, things are still not rosy at the club as the firm will only avail funds once football returns.

“With no football being played currently, we have nothing to give them back in terms of visibility, so they will only pay us when football returns,” said Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier.

Gor Mahia currently have a huge wage bill of Kshs 5million per month with a total of 35 players on its payroll. Rachier has revealed that the Club is working on a model that will help lower it.

“We want to bring our wage bill down to manageable levels of at most Kshs3 million per month,” said Rachier.

Fans of the club however hope that things will get better soon after BetSafe came on board.

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