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Thursday, 13 November 2014

GOR STATE HOUSE MEETING POSTPONED AS FKF ASKS GVT TO SPONSOR GOR FOR CONTINENTAL ASSIGNMENTS NEXT YEAR



State House have postponed for a day a visit by Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia to Friday morning following absence of Kenyatta
Gor Mahia scheduled visit to State House failed to materialise at last minute and has now been pushed to Friday.

All the players and officials were all set to go to Stats House when they were informed at last minute that the President was not available.

President Uhuru Kenyatta spent a better part of Thursday in a cabinet meeting and was therefore, unable to host the KPL champions.

"The visit has now been pushed forward to Friday," a source told Goal. Kenyatta has taken a keen interest in the team since they won KPL title on Saturday. He was among first people to congratulate Gor Mahia after retaining title.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has formally asked government to pay air tickets for Gor Mahia when they take part in next year's Caf Champions League.
The federation President Sam Nyamweya made the appeal to Sports Minister Hassan Wario during a luncheon hosted in favour of Gor Mahia days after being declared 2014 Kenyan Premier League champions.
"We want to ask the government to assist Gor Mahia honor their first two fixtures by giving them air tickets. I missed my flight to Kisumu to watch final match against Ushuru FC because flights were fully booked by Gor Mahia fans. The quality football we saw in Kisumu has never been witnessed in the country and that is a true sign that we are destined for greatness.
“The league has ended well and Gor Mahia has won and they deserved to win. We expect a very exiting league next year. As you can see the Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Culture Dr. Wario is here too and that is a sign that our sponsor number one, The Government of Kenya, is well in our support.
“I remember President Uhuru Kenyatta sent his congratulatory message to the team within half an hour of being declared champions and soon we will take the champions to go and shake hands with him.”
The FKF boss gave the club a Sh100, 000 token while the ministry gave another Sh300, 000. Wario however, did not commit any support but he took time to congratulate the team for winning KPL for the second year in a row.
"Gor Mahia are worthy champions. They brought pomp and color to the league. The KPL would be poorer without you but the concern of hooliganism must be dealt with," said Wario.
He also challenged KPL and football managers in the country to be more transparent so as to attract bigger funding for the sport.