By ELIAS CHIPEPO –
KENYAN Premier League champions, Gor Mahia have threatened to report Power Dynamos midfielder Julius Situmbeko to FIFA.
This is because the player has failed to report at his new club Gor as agreed in the contract with the Kenyan side now threatening to report the matter to FIFA accusing the player of double signing.
Gor secretary general George Bwana told Supersport.com that officials from Power were trying to hijack the deal and threatened to report the matter to FIFA accusing the player of double signing.
“It is sad that after we agreed terms with Julius Situmbeko who signed a contract dated December 7 and we even paid him the sign on fee as agreed, the player has failed to arrive. We followed the laid down FIFA rules as the player was categorical his contract was ending in December 2013.”
“It is sad that people do not respect football rules and I have been getting phone calls from Power officials claiming Situmbeko denied signing any deal and yet everything is on paper,” Bwana said.
Supersport.com have in its possession the contract signed by Situmbeko and witnessed by Nkana captain Sydney Kalume with both parties in agreement.
Situmbeko acknowledges he had signed a deal with Gor but added, “I signed the deal but Power Dynamos have refused to let me go. I agree I was paid my signing on fee but I have requested to return it because the issue is going out of hand,” Situmbeko was quoted by Supersport.com.
But Power secretary Ricky Mafunda rubbished the threat saying any deal that Gor were alleging to have signed with Situmbeko should be considered illegal because the proper process was not followed.
Mafunda said in an interview yesterday that no transaction was done between Power and Gor over the sale of Situmbeko adding that as far as the club was concerned, the player went to Kenya on national duty.
“Situmbeko was on national duty and how can a club claim to have signed him when they did not even approach us. Whatever transaction they claim happened should be considered illegal because if they were truly genuine then they would have contacted us or better still gone through FAZ,” he said.
Mafunda said the club has spoken to Situmbeko who told them that the Kenyan club was after him and nothing was signed.
And committee member, Edward Ngosa called on the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to advise players when on national duties against rushing into signing contracts.
Ngosa said it was sad that some officials have been misleading players into signing contracts at their own interest.
“They can go wherever they want because we have nothing to do with their claims. We shall protect our player and they (Gor) can go and report where they want,” he said.