Gor Mahia Defender Philemon Otieno//Photo Courtesy of The Star

Kenya Premier League Champions Gor Mahia have finally responded to claims that it has neglected two of it’s players who are currently nursing injuries.

Speaking to a Local radio station, Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda has reiterated that the club will cater for the treatment of their Ugandan import Shafika Batambuze while at the same time insisting that it is the Football Kenya Federation that should ensure defender Philemon Otieno get’s treatment.

Otieno was injured while on duty for Harambee Stars as Kenya faced Tanzania in the Africa Nations Championship qualifier (Chan) in August.

“When a player is playing for the national teams which include U15, U17, U20 and U23 and also the senior national team and gets injured, the responsibility of treating such a player remains with the national team and never the club,” Aduda told Radio Jambo.

“According to rules of Kenyan football article 9 which the federation also knows it remains the responsibility of the federation to take care of players’ treatment as per when he got injured.

“Maybe FKF does not understand this provision of the law or they are disregarding it,” he added.

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Shafika Batambuze (Left) with Former Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay

On Batambuze, Aduda confirmed that the club will ensure he get’s treated as that is their responsibility. He was however quick to point out that it is the current hard financial times at the club that have delayed Shafik’s medical procedures. Shafik needs around Kshs. 400,000 while Otieno will need up to Kshs 300,000 to undergoe surgery.

“It is our responsibility to treat Batambuze but it is also in the open the club is facing financial challenges and we cannot deny or run away from such a responsibility,” Said Aduda.

“[Batambuze] got injured while playing against Aigle Noir but our financial challenges as at now cannot help matters,” he added.