GOR Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has confirmed the club will overhaul their squad to bring in new vibrant players. Rachier said coach Bobby Williamson had provided the list of 11 players to be released and the new ones he wants to inject fresh blood into the team.
The chairman admitted some of their targeted players have made pay demands beyond the capacity of the club. On the weeding out of players, Rachier said: "It is a normal process done every year to re-energise the club," .
Speaking yesterday on radio talk show Rachier also declared he was going to defend his seat in the club's elections next weekend.
Rachier pointed out that goalkeeper Ivo Mapunda is among the players expected to leave for Tanzanian home club Simba SC.
He said Mapunda's contract with the club has expired and he is currently training with the Dar es Salaam's Msimbazi Street club.
The Tanzanian club is now coached by Croatian Zdravko Logarusic who coached Gor Mahia for part of last season. The Croatian has shown keen interest in Mapunda according to Rachier.
Meanwhile he called on fans to turn up in large numbers for next Wednesday's fund raiser at the Laico Regency Hotel aimed at supporting the club's kitty.
Rachier meanwhile has stated the club has reviewed its constitution to ensure all inclusiveness and fairness in the elections.
Rachier revealed away from the traditional mlolongo (queueing) system, this time the elections will be conducted through a secret ballot. "We will improvise ballot papers for conducting the secret ballot exercise away from the usual mlolongo system," he added.
He stated that a third of the office bearers will comprise women so they are not sidelined in the process to ensure they also represent gender equity.
Rachier said an independent body will be mandated to oversee the exercise to ensure its credibility adding that before the elections, the club will hold an annual general meeting. "During the AGM the chairman, secretary and treasurer will table their annual reports before the elections," he added. He added the election board will comprise a registrar from the government and two additional staff, representatives from the national sports council, an individual from Football Kenya Ltd, media and agents.
Rachier stated that those vying for the position of chairman, three vice chairs, secretary and treasurer and other offices will be compelled to pay Sh200, 000, Sh70,000, Sh50,000 and Sh30,000 each to the club's bank Account. He added each voter will be required to pay Sh500 at the respective branch before being issued with a membership card that will act as an identification and a voter card.