One feels that the two AFC Leopards’ and Gor Mahia are spending too much time on celebrating their recent triumphs at the expense of preparing for their more serious continental campaign.
Gor Mahia will represent the country in the Caf Champions League after winning Kenyan Premier League title after an 18 year wait while Leopards’ have made it to the Confederations Cup. Continental football is a very expensive affair and the clubs are likely to struggle if they do not raise enough money to honor their matches.
Last season for example, Gor Mahia were left nearly bankrupt while taking part in the Confederations Cup. The club spent close to Sh10million to honor just two matches and it was obvious they had not been prepared for it.
The club receives Sh29.5million from sponsors Tuzo and it is therefore, easy to see that they cannot successfully take part in continental football with such kind of a budget.
Furthermore, the money from sponsors goes directly to paying players salaries and none of it is dedicated to continental football. Domestically, the club’s budget is around Sh65million but they only receive about Sh45million from sponsors and gate collections leaving them with a huge deficit.
Taking part in continental football just adds to the financial burden. Recently, the club revealed they will need close to Sh100million for their campaign next season. Gor Mahia treasurer Samuel Ominde has appealed to well-wishers to come on board and assist the club.
"Our budget for domestic season is Sh65million. We get only Sh15million from gates and another Sh29million from our sponsors. The rest we have to raise from well-wishers.”
AFC Leopards’ are facing a similar dilemma after qualifying for Confederations Cup. The club will need Sh100million to take part in the competition and from the look of things will have to work extra hard to raise the money.
They have recently agreed on a Sh60million two year sponsorship deal with Mumias Sugar but this is not enough as a good part of the money will go towards payment of players’ salaries and none is allocated for continental football. It is good that Leopards’ have launched a campaign to raise funds for their continental campaign but it is likely to take a lot of time for them to get the kind of money they need.