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Goal can exclusively reveal the ailing Mike Mbuvi who gave K’Ogalo a financial boost to make his trip to Lusaka.
Gor Mahia’s trip to Zambia to play their Caf Confederation Cup match against Napsa Stars came close to collapsing until former Nairobi Governor Mike ‘Sonko’ Mbuvi stepped in to rescue them.
Aim can exclusively reveal that the team came close to not honoring the second leg at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka as they had no money to buy tickets for the trip.
It is the reason why their first attempt to fly on Friday collapsed, as the club had yet to secure airline tickets after the Kenya Football Federation, which had promised to help them, responded negatively.
Aim He has now obtained a recorded audio of ‘Sonko’, who is admitted to a Nairobi hospital, speaking with club president Ambrose Rachier after he gave the team USD5,000 to secure tickets for the trip.
“I am still admitted to a hospital in Nairobi, but it bothered me to hear that my beloved team is stranded and I have yet to travel to Zambia for the Caf match,” ‘Sonko’ told Rachier in the recorded conversation.
“A certain Brian told me that the team is stranded, so I have decided to provide a little support, at least $ 5,000 to make sure the team travels, and I hope that the money will get to you,” explained ‘Sonko’ to Rachier. who responded by saying that he had indeed received the money.
“You know me, I’m a Gor Mahia fan, and I don’t like to see guys suffer or get stranded anywhere and Brian is a very good friend to me, is he like a brother to me? Sonko further told Rachier.
In his response, Rachier thanked ‘Sonko’ for helping the team and wished him a speedy recovery.
“We appreciate his support and as a club, we are praying for his speedy recovery.”
Gor Mahia did not reach the group stage of the competition as they drew the match 2-2 with Napsa Stars qualifying in a 3-2 aggregate victory having won the first leg at Nyayo Stadium 1-0.
However, the match did not end well as the Gor Mahia players tackled the match referee at the final whistle after he was awarded a 94 penalty, which was converted by veteran Emmanuel Mayuka to remove them from the competition.
K’Ogalo now they have changed their focus to retain the FKF Premier League title and also the National Cup.