Gor Mahia players have been awarded Sh504, 000 by well-wishers after they were confirmed 2013 Kenyan Premier League champions.
The gesture came hours after Gor Mahia had been declared champions on being awarded their abandoned match against Sony Sugar, which pushed them to an unassailable 56 points on top of the log.
Those who donated cash were Kisumu Central Member of Parliament Ken Obura, who gave out Sh200, 000 and Fidel Odinga son of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who gave the players Sh304, 000.
Obura heaped praise on the current squad for the display they put up towards winning the 2013 title.
“You displayed entertaining football in a show that left me convinced that Kenyan football has come of age. I have been following all your matches and can confirm that Gor Mahia deserved to win this title after so many years of trying,” Obura told Goal.
Obura promised to assist the club achieve their future dreams and called on well wishers to donate whatever they can to assist Gor Mahia. Odinga praised the club management for the good work done in helping Gor win the title and promised more support.
“The current office holders have done a good job and deserve to be supported. Personally, I would one day want to become the patron of this club.”
Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose appreciated the gesture by the two and pointed out that it took a lot for them to win the title. “It was not an easy campaign and we thank everyone, who stood by us along the way.”