Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards' have written to KPL to be exempted from double headers insisting teams without fan base are taking advantage
By Otieno Otieno
Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards want the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) to exempt them from double headers insisting that other teams that do not have fans are taking advantage of them to increase their revenues.
The two clubs have experienced a massive increase in their revenues following a spate of good results and now command more than Sh1million in gate collections during home matches.
According to AFC Leopards acting Chief Executive Officer Richard Ekhalie, the club has already written to KPL to exempt them from double headers.
“We are being forced to share revenue with teams that do not have fans as a result we no longer wish to play in any double header,” Ekhalie told Goal.
He further said they have asked KPL to move all their home matches to Nyayo Stadium since this is what they registered as their home ground.
On his part, Gor Mahia Secretary General George Bwana says it is unfair for them to be forced to share revenues with clubs that cannot raise more than Sh20, 000 during home matches.
“When we raise Sh1million we have to give the other club 25% of it which comes to Sh250, 000. This is a club that has never raised more than Sh20, 000 during their home matches. It is not fair at all.”
Apart from being exempted from double headers, Bwana says the KPL should also consider the option of having teams involved in double headers be allowed to sell their own tickets and keep their own revenues instead of being forced to share.
When reached for comment, KPL CEO Jack Oguda confirmed recepit of the complain notes from the two giants but insisted the decision to host double headers is a policy of the company which can only be changed at a governing council meeting.
"If Leopards and Gor have a problem with double headers, they should raise it up in the governing council which approved it in the first place. In the meantime, it will stay that way," he said.