CS Eliud Owalo leads Gor Mahia’s big dreams


In the annals of Kenyan football, few stories are as compelling as the resurgence of Gor Mahia, a club with a storied past and a legion of passionate fans.

At the heart of this revival is a figure not traditionally associated with the sport’s front lines but whose impact has been nothing short of transformative: Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo.

Owalo, known for his astute organizational skills and prowess in marketing and public relations, has brought a breath of fresh air to Gor Mahia. His approach is not one of mere financial handouts, a common but short-term solution often seen in the realm of sports patronage. Instead, Owalo has introduced a level of professionalism and strategic planning that promises to secure the club’s future, both on and off the pitch.

The tangible signs of his influence are evident. The procurement of a new bus for the team, a long-overdue asset, was initially met with skepticism, dismissed by some as political grandstanding. Yet, Owalo delivered, proving his critics wrong and setting a new standard for how club needs should be addressed. Beyond this, his plans for a training ground and clubhouse are not just ambitious dreams but achievable goals, given his track record.

The Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication, and the Digital Economy recently revealed his intent to spearhead plans of building Gor Mahia a state-of-the-art sports complex.

Owalo announced a collaborative initiative with Gor Mahia’s management to develop a comprehensive sports complex for the 21-time league champions.

He made the announcement when he attended Gor Mahia’s  final league match at the Sportpesa Arena Stadium in Murang’a where Gor Mahia’s pipped Muhoroni Youth by 3 goals to nil.

He said that this long-term project aims to construct a facility that includes a clubhouse, training pitch, fitness center, and various sports amenities.

In the short term, the focus is on preparing for continental football to ensure a strong performance on the international stage, with the midterm goal of clinching a CAF competition title.

Owalo’s involvement with Gor Mahia is a case study in effective leadership and the power of professional management in sports. His background as a seasoned human resource and management consultant has undoubtedly informed his approach, focusing on sustainable growth rather than quick fixes. This strategy is poised to elevate Gor Mahia back to its rightful place among Africa’s footballing elite, a club that once dominated regional rivals like Simba and Yanga and stood toe-to-toe with giants like Zamalek.

The call to officially name Owalo as the club’s patron is more than a ceremonial gesture. It is a recognition of his visionary leadership and a call to arms for others in positions of influence to support sports in a manner that goes beyond the superficial. Owalo’s blueprint for Gor Mahia is a testament to his belief in the club’s potential not just as a team, but as a community and a symbol of excellence.

As the deputy patron of Gor Mahia, Owalo’s dedication to the club and his broader vision for its future highlight his commitment to fostering local sports and achieving new heights for the team.

As Gor Mahia continues its journey back to the pinnacle of African football, Owalo’s role cannot be overstated. His dedication to the club’s success, devoid of personal gain, sets a new benchmark for sports patronage. It is a narrative of hope, resilience, and the transformative power of visionary leadership.

Owalo has continually stressed that while winning the league is commendable, the team must set its sights on greater achievements.

In celebrating Owalo’s contributions, we not only anticipate Gor Mahia’s return to glory but also acknowledge the broader implications for sports management in Kenya and beyond. Eliud Owalo’s legacy at Gor Mahia will be one of revival, innovation, and, hopefully, unparalleled success. For this, he deserves not just our admiration but our heartfelt gratitude.

Owalo has made it a deliberate effort to lead from the front on championing for the sustainable growth of Gor Mahia and is seen as the driving force behind the resurgence of the champions’ renewed energy as well as architect of the club’s future aspirations.

This is a move that Gor Mahia leadership must take advantage of and ensure they provide a credible and professional guidance to the team to be able to capitalize on the good will from the ICT Cabinet Secretary in moulding a future team that can formidably compete for continental glory.

By Kenn Okaka, Media and Communications Strategist

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