Kenyan club Gor Mahia are mulling over the next actions to take against defender Godfrey Walusimbi and South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Kaizer Chiefs.
Gor have accused Chiefs of ‘tapping up’ their Ugandan fullback who apparently went Awol, only for the club to establish that he had travelled down south in a bid to thrash out a potential deal with the Soweto giants.
Walusimbi was conspicuously missing from Gor Mahia’s squad when they took on Posta Rangers in a local topflight match this past Friday (Aug 10)
The club’s Chairman Ambrose released a statement via the club’s official website saying: “Let it be known that Walusimbi made it to South Africa to meet Kaizer Chiefs without the club’s permission or notifying the club on his travel intentions.
“It’s unfortunate that a player can just decide on his own to travel to engage another club without our knowledge.
“I got an alert from someone that he was traveling and the next thing was a call from Kaizer Chiefs [Motaung] chairman apologising for that step and requesting if we could talk on a possible move.
“I declined to discuss anything and told Chiefs’ chairman I will hold a meeting with my EC [executive committee] then we will know what step to take.”
Rachier stated that the move is an illegality in the Fifa statutes and the PSL side should have followed the laid down procedures.
He added: “What Walusimbi did was wrong. Kaizer Chiefs too did something wrong because that’s player tapping‚ which is against stipulated rules yet the player has a running contract. There are clear and accepted procedures if they wanted the player.”
Player tapping is an offence according to article 18.3 of Fifa’s Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.
The rule states: “A club intending to conclude a contract with a professional must inform the player’s current club in writing before entering into negotiations with him.”
Amakosi’s Communications Manager Vina Maphosa is quoted by Times stating he’s unaware of Walusimbi’s presence in South Africa.
“Nothing has been told to us. I don’t even know the player – I haven’t seen the player‚” Maphosa said.
“I just know that there was an interest in a player form Uganda. I don’t know if it’s the same player.
“The operations or where he is have not been brought to my attention. What was brought to my attention is that there is an interest in a player from Uganda.”
By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster88)