Gor Mahia finally jetted out of the country on Friday morning to honor their CAF Champions League match against APR.
The match is still in limbo as Rwanda has strict COVID-19 regulations which demand for all visitors to quarantine for 24 hours. It is not clear how the club plans to observe quarantine and still honour the match scheduled for 4PM tomorrow.
It has now emerged that all this could have been avoided if the club had accepted financial help from DP William Ruto.
Ruto reached out to club officials early this week, offering to pay for the plane tickets. They would have jetted to Rwanda on Wednesday if they had accepted the DP’s offer.
Judy Nyangi, the club’s former Organizing Secretary, told a local daily that she had secured an appointment between the club officials and the DP.
“I had secured an appointment and we were to go to the Deputy President to be assisted but Gor management kept telling me they were consulting. Is there any harm in getting assistance from the Deputy President?” Nyangi said, as quoted by Nation.
Gor officials could have been afraid of the ramifications of accepting Ruto’s help.
As a Luo club, Gor Mahia, cannot associate with DP William Ruto, a known rival of club patron Raila Odinga.
But politics aside, isn’t Ruto the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya?
Meanwhile, the club left the country donning national team tracksuits. According to Nyangi, they had to beg FKF President Nick Mwendwa for the suits.
This is the same club that has refused to sign a broadcasting deal between FKF and StarTimes. Gor believes they deserve more than the Ksh 10m deal they are being offered.