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Citizen Weekly

Monday, 10 November 2014


Nairobi senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko has sent congratulatory message to the 2014 KPL winner Gor Mahia FC. In his message, Sonko said Gor’s win was important in that it shows the high level of football standards within Nairobi County. “My love for the club dates back to 1997 when players like Peter Dawo, John Bobby Ogolla and Sammy Onyango Jogoo grabbed headlines.

As the Nairobi Senator, I feel compelled to support clubs within my region. I will work with the Nairobi Governor to ensure that Nairobi clubs are supported in the best way possible,” Sonko said.

Sonko however challenged his fellow politicians to forget their political differences and support football clubs by securing valuable sponsorship deals for them. “This time of the year we all know that most clubs are eager to beef up their squads but their accounts do not allow. We urge the officials to contact us so we can see where to chip in,” Sonko added.

While urging football stakeholders to unite and support the game, Sonko said: “It will be our pride to see the Football Kenya Federation and KPL officials working in harmony.”

Last week before the big kick off at Moi Stadium Kisumu, Sonko had presided over harambee to raise funds for Gor at a City hotel where he shocked Gor leaders, players and die hard supporters when he contributed Sh1.2m to the club.

A total of Sh4.4million was collected during the harambee. While thanking Sonko for his support, Gor Chairman Ambrose Rachier said: “Sonko has been with us through thick and thin. We are grateful to have the support of people who have the club at heart.”

Conspicuously missing during the harambee were Luo MPs who had all been invited. It is not known why they boycotted such an important occasion but sources say they were heeding to the calls by their Party Leader Raila Odinga who is totally opposed to harambees.

Sonko is now planning to receive the Gor’s playing in his KICC office this week as speculations rents the air that he is likely to reward the time handsomely for the sterling performance.