Record Kenyan Champions Gor Mahia have been handed another transfer ban by FIFA. Just when things seemed to be rosy at the K’Ogallo camp, the World Football Governing Body decided to crack the whip by hitting the club with a ban over failure to pay Ghanaian midfielder Jackson Owusu his dues amounting to Kshs.3 million.
The club had just had a transfer ban lifted by FIFA but now find itself hit with another.
“We wish to inform the parties that a ban from registering new players internationally has been implemented by Fifa as of today,” said FIFA.
“On 4 February 2021, the player put the club in default for the payment of his entitlements, granting the club a 10 days’ deadline for paying the outstanding amounts, however to no avail.”
“Gor Mahia failed to prove that any of the alleged amounts has been transferred to the player’s bank account as well as considering the player’s comments on such proof of payments, the DRC judge came to the conclusion that the outstanding amounts are due to [Owusu] and should be paid by the club”.
Confirming the reports, Owusu said that he had been patient enough with Gor Mahia before making the move to FIFA late last year.
“I explored all options and even while in Ghana followed my case with my lawyer but Gor were reluctant to pay me. I suffered while in Kenya but came back with nothing. I acted on the advice of Polack who was very instrumental in my switch to Gor Mahia at the time,” said Owusu as quoted by Nation.
According to FIFA, Owusu was entitled to a monthly salary of Ksh.190,000, a monthly allowance of Ksh.6,000, a signing fee of [Ksh.1 million] and a housing allowance of Ksh.10,000.