Gor Mahia official Sam Ocholla questions worth of league trophy
Gor Mahia have questioned the worth of trophy and medals awarded to players and technical bench by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) for winning the league title.
Gor claimed an unpreceedented 20th league title on June 25, 2023, after defeating City Stars 4-1 on the final day of the league season. Consequently, FKF president Nick Mwendwa was at hand to award the team with a new-look trophy and medals.
But the trophy was not the one bought by FKF a couple of years back, reportedly to the tune of Sh5 million.
“We were given a trophy which costs Sh15,000 and medals bought from River Road. The whole event was poorly planned and we want answers why this happened,” claimed Gor Maha secretary Sam Ochola.
Ochola did not share proof of the worth of the alternative trophy awarded to Gor Mahia. He has however demanded that the club be awarded the original trophy.
He added: “Since we thought the real trophy was at Mumias during the Tusker game, we should now be given the real trophy and not a Sh15,000 replica. That has to be done, because that is what we deserve.”
Ocholla also questioned the move by FKF not to reward Gor for winning the league.
“No money, a Sh15,000 trophy yet we claim we have a body running football. This is not acceptable at all.”
Mwendwa has earlier announced FKF was not in a position to award the league winners this season as the competition did not have sponsors.
In 2021, FKF announced a glittering trophy which Mwendwa said was worth Sh5.5 million that would be awarded to the league champion.
For good measure, the football boss explained he had booked a safe at a bank to safeguard the trophy owing to its cost.
The glittering trophy was awarded to Tusker at the end of the 2021/22 season but the brewers recieved a different one last season when the league was under the management of the FKF Caretaker Committee.