Gor Mahia football fans have raised issues with conflicting reports about gate collections.
Disgruntled Green Army members took to social media to express their anger after it emerged that the club realised a paltry Sh604, 000 in gate collections had been from their most recent league encounter against newly promoted Zoo Kericho.
This was despite the fact that the match had been played in Kisumu — Gor Mahia’s cradle. To add salt to injury, it is alleged that the whole team, including the technical bench boycotted training over unpaid allowances.
A few weeks ago, the team was reportedly kicked out of camp Toyoyo due to a huge debt incurred. They had to shift training base, until the outstanding debt was settled.
The fans accused the club’s treasurer Sally Bolo, for allegedly giving out conflicting figures in regards to the gate collection proceeds in Kisumu.
The club conveyed a message through the treasurer that out of a total of 10,000 printed tickets for both the bleachers and VIP stands, over 7, 000 were not sold hence the unusual figure slightly above Sh500,000 that was apparently collected in Kisumu.
Fans were seething with rage in the aftermath of the announcement, as some claimed that the figures were cooked — while some cited corruption among a section of the new office members.
Bolo declined to comment on the issue claiming the club has an official spokesperson who was the only one authorised to comment on the matter.
On the other hand, an irked Organising Secretary Judith Anyango expressed her disappointment in the ticketing issue saying it was unfortunate that the club had to deal with ticketing woes amid other pending matters.
She however admitted that she expected a better figure, given the mammoth crowd that was in attendance at the Moi Stadium Kisumu.
“I was not expecting the amount that was collected from the Zoo match in Kisumu. Everyone saw that the crowd was huge, and it is understandable that people’s expectations were high. The stadium was packed, and so the figure should have been higher. It is great to work as a team.
I was not allowed to take part in the logistics matters. We therefore gave the concerned people time to handle the ticketing issue, but what happened afterwards was disappointing,” she said.
It is alleged that the treasurer brought on board a different ticketing firm, complicating matters.
“The process should be transparent. We watched from the periphery, hoping that they will do a good job, but the contrary happened. If we work as a team the discrepancies will be very minimal.
This is an eye opener. I believe we can always go back to the drawing board and everyone assigned clear roles to avoid a repeat in future,” said Anyango.
Meanwhile, the team management pledged to settle the team’s allowances in full, ahead of their future league assignments.