Gor, AFC threaten to pull out of CAF competitions

first_imgGor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier, said they would hold a crisis meeting later Tuesday where they would write to continental body, CAF, stating their withdrawal from the 2018 African Champions League.“A one-way air ticket is costing Sh3.5m, accommodation, Sh3m and we will need Sh10m for one match, to and from and we cannot sustain that budget,” Rachier said after the announcement of withdrawal.“Our gate collections are not enough to cater for that expense and also pay players and technical bench, we are in dilemma. This is tantamount to killing football in the country. No Kenyan club is going to successfully stay in the 2018 KPL,” Rachier lamented.AFC Leopards chairman Dan Mule (left) in a past KPL match.Photo/FILEHis Leopards counterpart, Dan Mule, also said his team who won the 2017 GOtv Shield will follow suit and pull out from the 2018 CAF Confederations Cup.“We have no sponsors right now. We are going to withdraw from CAF assignments. We are urging other like-minded corporates to emulate SportPesa and support community clubs in Kenya. I don’t know how we will pay the 10 international players we have signed ahead of the season,” Mule told.Besides Gor and Leopards, other organisations staring at a bleak future include Football Kenya Federation, Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) and the Boxing Association of Kenya are the federations affected by the move to terminate their biggest source of funding.SportPesa was also catering for the bulk of the pay for newly hired national football team head coach, Belgian Paul Put and Technical Director, Andreas Spiers from Germany.KRU boss Richard Omwela showing letter from SportPesa.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe Kenyan Premier League (football), National Boxing League as well as the annual Super 8 grassroots football tournament are the domestic competitions that will be affected by the move.“The cancellation of this contract forces us to completely re-examine our structures and we immediately call upon the government to step into the breach and provide the necessary support as guided by the Sports Act,” KRU said in a statement.“Our 2018 calendar includes the Rugby Africa Championships for our U20s in April, Lionesses participation at the HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series qualifiers in Hong Kong and as well as the Commonwealth Games, and the Women’s Africa  Cup 7s in September,” KRU added.Second division side; Nakuru AllStars FC and Kenya Harlequins (Rugby) are the other teams lost their main sponsors on Tuesday.World Boxing Council women’s Super-bantamweight champion, Fatuma Zarika, local rally driver, Leonardo Varese and a number of grassroot tournaments are others affected by the drastic move.“This tax is on revenue before we pay the other tax, SportPesa we are here to stay and we will try to be efficient and unfortunately, we have to drop sponsorships,” Karauri emphasised.Karauri who is also the Association of Gaming Operators in Kenya, called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to initiate dialogue to resolve the standoff pledging SportPesa would make a swift return to sports if an amicable solution is found.“No one has called me to come and talk, request the President to sit down with me as the chairman of the AGOK so that we come to a solution.  I remain optimistic but our attempts at dialogue have not been fruitful.“We will appeal the case since it was grounded on equity and fairness in taxation. You can only be optimistic for so long, we cannot shoulder the burden and keep our employees and business running. We will be very limited in what we can do,” the CEO noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards chairman Dan Mule (left), SportPesa CEO Ronald Karuri (center) and Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier during the meeting when the title sponsor reinstated the partenership.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 2 – Following the cancellation of all local sports sponsorship by betting firm SportPesa, Kenya’s representatives at the 2018 CAF assignments, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards have hinted they will withdraw from the competition due to financial constraints.On Tuesday, the betting firm dropped the bombshell after losing a case last week in the country’s High Court challenging the implementation of a 35 percent Government tax on revenue that came in force on Monday.last_img read more

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first_imgIn partnership with Visiting Western Australia in Autumn (March–May) The idea of skipping the UK summer for an extra winter might not sound appealing, but then winter in Perth isn’t the same as winter back home. This sun-soaked city has clear blue skies 144 days every year, and even in the depths of July temperatures still sit around 18°C – pretty warm by British standards. Western Australia has one of the world’s longest whale watching seasons, running from May until December. Visit in spring and you’re likely to spot blue, southern right and humpback whales as they make their way along the Indian Ocean coast. You can take whale watching tours from Shark Bay, or try your luck spotting whales from the shore – go at midday when the sun is at its highest. Quokka (Setonix brachyurus), on Rottnest Island. Credit: Tourism Western Australia The best of Perth on a budget Fly to Western Australia If you’re into food, your Aussie friends and family will want to take you to the Margaret River Gourmet Escape food festival. New for 2019, the festival will be held across three locations, including the Swan Valley and Perth as well as Margaret River. Spanning nine days in mid-November, the festival is a celebration of all things food and wine. Celebrity chefs Nigella Lawson and Rick Stein attended in 2018, so it’s a pretty big deal. One of the best reasons to visit Western Australia in autumn is that it’s whale shark season, when these gentle giants of the sea migrate through the waters of World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef. Whale sharks, the world’s largest fish, can grow up to 16 meters longs and swimming alongside them is often described as one of the world’s most electrifying wildlife encounters. Temperatures stay warm throughout January and February, and highs of 35°C in Perth are par for course so It’s a great time to make the most of Western Australia’s al-fresco lifestyle. Beaches are often transformed into art galleries, and parks come alive with music concerts and outdoor cinemas. Want to learn more about visiting Western Australia?  Exploring Western Australia: 20 things to add to your bucketlist The Skyscanner Edit: the best flight deals to Western Australia Or for something a bit different, take your friends and family to the south-west for a spot of truffle hunting. The season runs from June to September and kicks off with a big festival in Manjimup – the heart of Western Australia’s truffle region. Join in the search with trained sniffer dogs, or sample some truffle-infused dishes in the town. Someone you love has taken the leap and moved to Western Australia. Every time you Skype they can’t stop banging on about how great it is, and whenever you take a peek at their Facebook page it’s packed with photos of pristine beaches, sun-soaked rooftop bars and cute wildlife – who can resist a quokka? It all looks so tempting, so a visit is a must! Spring in Western Australia is absolutely blissful, with temperatures rising from 20°C in September to 26°C in November. If you want to hike, bike and generally explore the national parks of the south west, spring is the time to go. Here’s what to expect from Western Australia’s four seasons. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map A Day at a Time: top day trips from Perth Working hard or hardly working? Here’s 7 of the coolest jobs you can get on a working holiday visa in Western Australia​ With so much to see and do, you can’t just spend one season in Western Australia. We reckon it’s worth making a few repeat visits to friends and family – after all, experiencing a WA winter is far different to a summer or spring. All you’ve got to do now is find the perfect flight deal. If you’ve always fancied Christmas on the beach, visit your friends and family in December. It can feel a little odd at first, tucking into a barbecue and basking in 30°C heat while everyone is wearing Santa hats and belting out Jingle Bells, but it’s a bucket list experience. This is also when the state’s wildflowers burst into full bloom – 60% of the 12,000 species of flowers that grow in Western Australia can’t be found anywhere else on Earth. Lesueur National Park, Mullewa, Three Springs and Carnamah are some of the best places near Perth to go and spot some unique blooms. When is the best time to go to Western Australia? In Ningaloo Reef visitors also have the chance to swim with other friendly locals, including sea turtles, giant manta rays and hundreds of species of tropical fish. Tick off the bucket list with your friends and family to really make it a trip to remember.  Couple taking a selfie while on the lookout at City Beach. Credit: Tourism Western Australia Look for flights to Western Australia When deciding when to visit friends and family in Western Australia it’s important to think about what else you’d like to do to maximise your stay and make the most of your time in the sunny state. It sounds a bit cliché, but Western Australia really is a year-round destination. There’s always something going on, so when you’re deciding on a time to visit look for events and weather that line up with what you enjoy most. Remember that Australia’s seasons run opposite to Britain – if you visit in December you’ll be landing in the height of summer, and if you go in July you might want to pack your jacket for the cooler evenings. Visiting Western Australia in Winter (June–August) Visiting Western Australia in Spring (Sept–Nov) Because the weather is at its mildest, this is the best time of year to head out into the outback and explore the Kimberley region – one of the world’s last true wildernesses. One of the best ways to see this rugged area is to hire a car and do a road trip like the West Kimberley Crossing, which takes in breathtaking gorges and quirky outback towns. Finish your trip in Broome, where you can take a sunset camel ride along Cable Beach. 5 Western Australian road trips to drive before you die Western Australia, Experience ExtraordinaryDiscover much more Plunging into the Indian Ocean is one way to cool off, and Western Australia has plenty of inland freshwater swimming holes to discover. One of the best is Serpentine Falls in the Perth Hills, an idyllic spot for a picnic and a paddle with your pals. There are gas barbecues near the shaded tables, and grey kangaroos often come to nibble on the grass in the late afternoon. Hunting for truffles, The Truffle & Wine Co. Credit: Tourism Western Australia Check out flights to Perth Ready to see more of Western Australia? Check out the cheapest flights for your next adventure now! Couple in Bright Podolepis wildflowers near Windajinni Rocks, located on Wooleen Station. Credit: Tourism Western Australia RelatedSkyscanner Edit: Best Deals to Western Australia this WinterIn partnership with Get 2019 off to a sunny start by booking flights to Perth, the gateway to Western Australia. While Britain shivers under dark clouds, horizontal rain and generally grim conditions, the population of Perth is in the middle of summer. As the mercury reaches 31°C they’re splashing in…How to get to Western Australia for lessSee how you can find cheap flights to Perth, save money on travel, and turn your Western Australia dream holiday into a budget-friendly reality.Gap year goals – how a Western Australia working holiday pays offThe adventure of a lifetime can also boost your CV. Here’s some of the many reasons why a working holiday in Perth and Western Australia is a great idea. Get closer to nature and Wildlife in Western Australia The crowds of summer have started to leave, and temperatures begin to drop to a pleasant 22°C in May. Hotel and flight prices are often a bit lower at this time of year too, so look out for great deals. Visiting Western Australia in Summer (Dec–Feb) The largest fish in the ocean, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus), in the Ningaloo Marine Park. Credit: Tourism Western Australia 15 of the best places to eat, drink and stay in Perthlast_img read more