By Fred Maingi
|Gor Secretary:George Bwana|
Club secretary George Bwana confirmed that Wells Fargo will handle only this weekends clash.The club will print their own tickets and hand them over to the security farm to sell.
Bwana however declined to state why they have taken the new decision and yet they haver a contract with Ticket Masters.
Club Chairman Ambrose Rachier also confirmed the new deal in a text message saying they have contracted the security firm to handle the exercise this weekend.
AFC Leopards have a contract with the firm, an exercise that has been going on smoothly until when court cases cropped up that blocked the club officials from accessing money.However, the club managed to iron out their differences with the Well fargo after they opened new accounts aftee a previous account was rendered frozen owing to court injunction.
Gor Mahia who have a contract with Ticket Masters(TM) have raised concern accusing the latter of not accounting their gate collection in a transparent manner.
The club players recently accused the club management and sponsors Tuzo Milk for failing to honour their obligations with a pending two months salary.
Team captain Jerim Onyango however told our writer that the club Chairman(Ambrose Rachier) went out of his way by paying players last month salary from his pocket after the club sponsors failed to honour their obligation.
The tickets for this weekends match will retail at Kshs.500 shillings for the main stand (VIP) then those for the terraces (Russia) will be sold at 200 shillings.
Meanwhile he Kenya cross country series has received a major boost after Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) renewed their sponsorship package for Athletics Kenya (AK) to the tune of KSh10.6 million.
KCB chief Executive officer said after handing over the plum cheque to AK officials" “We are happy to sponsor the national cross country series and we look forward to unearthing new talents this year. Kenyan athletes have dominated the world stage over the years and this has been our biggest inspiration,” he added.
The monies will go towards Prize money of the seven series, administrative costs and on the ground publicity campaigns.
Otieno said KSh5.3 million will cover prize money of the seven events in the series while Sh4 million will go towards advertising and on the ground publicity.
He said the remaining Sh1.6 million will be invested in the national cross country-cum-trials slated for February next year. Oduor said the bank has been committed to nurturing of Kenya athletes for the past six years and look forward to another competitive series starting on November 3 in Nyahururu.
AK President Isaiah Kiplagat thanked the bank for their continued support in athletics. “I would like to thank the bank for their continued support in cross country for the past couple of years,” he noted.
Winners in every leg of the series will earn Sh21,000 with the tenth placed finisher pocketing Sh1,000 . However the winner at the national cross country championships will go home Sh50,000 richer.
The series has a Sh1.2m jackpot to be shared among the four categories thus —Senior men 12km, Senior women 8km, Junior men 8km and Junior women 6km. Kiplagat said the athletes will score points at every leg and the winner will be announced at the national trials.
The AK boss said Kenya will be going flat out to win the eight titles on offer at the World Cross Country Championships to be held in Bydgoszcz, Poland in March