Confederation of African Football (CAF) has written to defending Kenyan champions Gor Mahia FC demanding clarification on whether they have agreed to pay their former players and a coach who reported them to FIFA.
K’Ogallo has been reported to the World Football Governing Body by a number of players and a coach for failing to pay them their pending dues and allowances.
In a letter sent to Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier through the Football Kenya Federation (FKF), CAF wants the club to show compliance before they can be cleared to play at the CAF Confederations Cup.
“They want assurance that we have settled debts we owe our former players and a tactician who reported us for failing to pay them after leaving the club,’’ said Rachier as quoted by Citizen Digital.
CAF also want audited accounts of the club for the past year and the list of the technical bench staff with their qualifications before they can be given green the light to participate in the continent’s second tier competition.
Among players owed by Gor Mahia include Dickson Ambundo who the club owes close to Ksh.1.3 million.
Back in February, FIFA banned Gor Mahia from signing any new players until it clears Ambundo’s outstanding dues.
“We take due note that in its correspondence, the creditor informed us that the debtor has not complied with its financial obligation in accordance with the decision of FIFA. In this regard we wish to inform the parties that a ban from registering new players internationally has been implemented by Fifa as of today,” read the letter addressed to the players’ lawyers and Gor Mahia.
Gor’s chairman Ambrose Rachier has confirmed that the club is yet to clear with Ambundo but is working round the clock to get in the good books of FIFA and CAF.
“Yes we owe Ambundo and we will see how to go about it before the CAF deadline. We also owe one of our former tacticians but we believe we will settle them in due course” Rachier told Citizen Digital.
The club recently launched the ‘2 million dollar Harambee’ to help it raise funds to pay players their pending salaries.
“We are targeting to raise at least 2 million USD (Kshs. 215,600,000 – current exchange rate) over the next four months. These funds will be transparently directed to clearing salary arrears for both present and former players, and coaches and meeting short term current working capital obligations” said Gor Mahia SG Samuel Ochola.
“We have a common objective to achieve a strategic focus to uphold GMFC as a Sustainable, Attractive and a Competitive brand. This is an initiative for the fans, by the fans, driven by the love of our beloved club Gor Mahia, the pride of Kenyan football and save the club from embarrassment of eminent FIFA and CAF fines and penalties” he added.