A war of words has erupted between Gor Mahia and South African club Kaizer Chiefs regarding the transfer fee payable for Ugandan defender Godfrey Walusimbi.
Walusimbi ditched Gor Mahia for Chiefs last month under controversial circumstances with reports indicating that the Kenyan champions were to receive between Sh7million and Sh9 million as the transfer fee.
And herein lies the problem.
According to Goal.com, the Kenyan champions have given the South African club 10 days (until October 1, 2018) to pay up the transfer fee failure to which they have threatened to take legal action.
Chiefs have however disputed these claims, insisting they have paid for the player as agreed. The South Africans have also urged the Kenyan club to ‘relax’ even terming them as ‘desperate’.
“I don’t know what they are talking about. They (Gor Mahia) were paid. How long does an international transfer take?” posed Chiefs’ football manager Bobby Motaung.
“They’re just desperate. What are the foreign laws saying? They must relax and stop being desperate. Chiefs is a big club and we don’t go around owing people. We paid them.”
Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda has, however, said they will not relax and instead do everything in their powers to have the Amakhosi punished for misrepresenting facts.
“I ask you to challenge them to show a copy of the swift transfer to prove their claim. We will expose them. Gor Mahia is equally a big club with people who understand both football and banking laws. We are not mad and smacks bad faith for Bobby to insinuate that we are desperate while demanding our rights,” Aduda said.
“We can prove that Kaizer Chiefs are not honest in their denial. We have followed the Fifa regulations to the letter in this transfer. Let Chiefs meet part of the bargain.”
This controversy occurs amid a financial challenge at Gor Mahia with the players yet to receive their salaries for the month of August.