Gor Mahia chairman to quit club in December

By Gilbert Wandera: Tuesday, May 28th 2019 at 08:31 GMT +3 | Football
Ambrose Rachier during KPL Awards in Nairobi on Jan 12, 2018. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier said he will not seek re-election when the club holds its polls in December. 

Rachier said he has had enough of leading the club and wants new blood to take control.

“We will call for elections in December and I will not seek re-election,” he said.

Rachier cited the long period of time he has been at the club as one of the reasons for not seeking re-election. 

He also said that Sports Act allows him to serve for only two terms. 

“I have been at the helm of Gor Mahia for 10 years and it is more than the time one can serve in one position.

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“Furthermore, the Sports Act also stipulates that one can only serve in such a position for not more than two terms,” he said.

He also challenged his critics to come on board and take up the position.

“There have been a lot of people criticising my leadership with some claiming I have misappropriated club’s money. I want to challenge them to come on board and take over the mantle,” challenged Rachier.

The out-going chairman said a new club constitution will be put in place before the polls are held.

He also ruled out contesting for the upcoming Football Kenya Federation (FKF) elections. 

“I am turning 70 next year and have no intention of contesting for an FKF position. I want to retire and farm,” said Rachier. 

Rachier took over as Gor Mahia chairman in 2010 and has been the most successful club chairman in the club’s history.

In that period, he won six league titles and under his reign, Gor Mahia made history by qualifying to the quarter finals of the CAF Confederations Cup.

Gor were bundled out of the 2018/19 CAF Confederations Cup quarter-finals after a 5-1 crushing by Moroccan side RS Berkane for a 7-1 aggregate loss.

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