Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has blamed Football Kenya Federation after the club was banned by FIFA from transfers.
The club boss said that the ban was a direct witch hunt by the local federation.
Rachier said that the FKF CEO Barry Otieno wrote to FIFA seeking clarification on why the club was allowed to recruit players before they cleared with the players who were demanding payments.
“We had agreed with Tanzanian footballer Dickson Ambundo through his lawyer to only pay Sh1 Million out of the Sh1.2 million owed to the winger. Ambundo wrote to confirm receipt of the money and his clearance with Gor,” Rachier said.
“We had agreed with Ambundo, through his lawyer, and he accepted the payment of Sh.1 million foregoing the balance of Sh. 200,000 to the club. He wrote a letter to that effect which FIFA approved and lifted the ban. FKF got a copy of the same.’’
“Even after FKF had issued player badges to our new players, the Federation’s CEO Barry Otieno went ahead and called Ambundo seeking further details. He should have done this before issuing the badges. Ambundo clarified that he had received only Sh1 million. They will have to pay FIFA Sh6 million for their witch hunt blunder.”
‘We have already written to FIFA to explain the scenario. Whether the amount was paid in full or the club agreed with the player and a clearance letter was raised, it is none of FIFA’s business. They were only interested in a clearance letter from the aggrieved player, which they received and cleared us.’’