Gor Mahia handed another transfer ban over delayed payment of dues to ex-player

FOOTBALL Gor Mahia handed another transfer ban over delayed payment of dues to ex-player

Joel Omotto 15:23 - 28.02.2024

The Adama Keita saga has landed Gor Mahia in trouble again after K’Ogalo were handed another transfer ban following their failure to clear his dues on time.

Kenyan champions Gor Mahia have been slapped with yet another transfer ban following their delay to settle dues owed to Malian goalkeeper Adama Keita.

The latest development comes from an order by the FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber in January to K’Ogalo to finalise payments owed to Keita or risk another transfer ban.

Gor were ordered to pay Ksh2.4 million for delaying the initial final payment amounting to Ksh2.3 million as directed by FIFA due to a contract breach.

Additionally, the club had to pay an 18 per cent interest on the delayed amount from May 1, 2023, until the settlement date. Failure to fulfill this within 45 days would result in a player signing ban for the club.

It seems Gor Mahia have not met their end of the deal again and have now been handed a transfer embargo which will scuttle their recruitment plans for the third time in as many years.

Keita is the one that messed Gor Mahia’s CAF Champions League plans heading into this season when he insisted the club had not cleared his dues, leading to the revocation of K’Ogalo’s Club License.

The ex-Mali international, who joined K'Ogalo in August 2021 on a two-year contract, had been frozen out by the club owing to inconsistent performances before being eventually axed.

Keita, who had previously played for CI Kamsar in Guinea, Djoliba AC, and Cercle Olympique Bamako both in Mali, ended his stay with the club in July 2022 citing a breach of contract, and was owed Ksh4.3 million.

That was two months after he had filed a complaint at FIFA, claiming breach of contract after he had gone for months without pay.

FIFA would rule in his favour in November that year, awarding him $30,544 in compensation, including five per cent interest, with Gor given 45 days to clear the payment or face a ban which eventually came when they did not meet the deadline.

However, in March 2023, a payment plan was agreed and K’Ogalo had their ban lifted after Keita was paid $16,000 with the remaining $14,544 to be cleared by the end of April 2023.

There was a caveat for Gor Mahia, however, that stated a 50 per cent penalty ($15,272) in case the payment was not made as agreed and with the club failing to honour the agreement, Keita sought FIFA’’s help yet again, claiming the balance and the penalty.

By July 2023, an agreement had not been struck between the two parties as Keita insisted on the whole amount and Gor Mahia would pay the penalty when their Champions League slot was withdrawn.

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