The figure of Ksh. 600,000 released by Gor Mahia today, as the total gate collections for the Gor Mahia vs Zoo Kericho match in Kisumu are ‘stupid figures’, Gor Mahia Organizing Secretary Judith Anyango has told Kenyanstar in a long ranging Interview.
On Tuesday morning, four days after Gor Mahia won 1-0 against newcomers Zoo, Gor Mahia treasurer Sally Bolo went to social media where she released the figures for the match. The release comes moments after intense pressure from a section of the fans, who claimed that the club had suffered massive losses in the match gate collections.
The club reported through its treasurer that a total of 10,000 tickets were printed for both the VIP and regular stands. Of those printed, 7,580 were returned. In total, the club reported that the total revenue amounted to Ksh. 604, 000. The announcement elicited mixed reactions, with majority of the fans on social media blasting the club officials and accusing them of falsified figures and corruption.
Speaking to Kenyanstar today, Gor Mahia Organizing Secretary Judith Nyangi expressed regret at the manner in which the match’s ticketing was handled saying, “I was expecting a considerable amount. However, to my shock a figure of 600,000 was announced. What happened in Kisumu was not right. The club should not collect that kind of money in Kisumu considering the attendance that was witnessed in that match. Kisumu was full. The Club should collect a minimum of two million shillings in Kisumu.”
“If you are a treasurer, then you want to print your own tickets, bring your own ticketing firm and select your own stewards, then how transparent can the process be? That is unacceptable. We gave them space to handle the tickets, and hoped that they would deliver. That did not happen." Said Nyangi
Nyangi, a vocal member of the club’s management, further laid blame on a section of the club’s management saying that the match logistics in Kisumu were a ‘one-man show’.
“The office of the treasurer cannot handle everything. I was surprised when I was told to keep off all matters that pertained logistics ahead of the match. I wished to travel early but I was not facilitated. I only traveled with the team, was part of the pre-match briefing and returned with them. Everything else that happened, went on behind my back,” Nyangi told Kenyanstar.
“We gave them space to handle and wished them well, but what happened was a disappointment.”
The organizing secretary further questioned why the ticketing firm that initially handled the club’s tickets had to be changed.
“If we had worked together, these loopholes that are being referred to would have been sealed early meeting. I am not trying to shift blame, but this is probably a pointer that the chairman should summon the entire committee, bring us together and have each team member assigned very clear roles,” she added.
Kenyanstar sought to speak to the Gor Mahia treasurer Sally Bolo on the same, but she declined to comment on the matter.
The full transcript of Judith Anyago's Interview will be published on Kenyanstar later in the week.