Gor Mahia’s Adama Keita saga with FIFA resufaces as K'Ogalo risk another transfer ban


FOOTBALL Gor Mahia’s Adama Keita saga with FIFA resufaces as K'Ogalo risk another transfer ban

Mark Kinyanjui 10:07 - 11.01.2024

FIFA have ordered Gor Mahia to finalise payments owed to Adama Keita.

Gor Mahia’s long-standing saga with Malian goalkeeper Adama Keita has resurfaced as FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber has ordered the club to finalise payments owed to him.

Gor have been ordered to pay Ksh2.4 million for delaying the initial final payment amounting to Ksh2.3 million, as directed by the DR Congo due to a contract breach.

Additionally, the club will have to pay an 18% interest on the delayed amount from May 1st, 2023, until the settlement date.

In a statement released by FIFA and signed by the Chief Legal and Compliance Officer Emilo Garcia Silvero, failure to fulfill this within 45 days will result in a player signing ban for the club.

“The claim of the claimant Adama Keita is partially accepted,” the statement began.

“Full payment (inluding all acceptable interest) shall be made to the bank account indicated in the enclosed bank account registration form.”

Keita had made more claims, but FIFA did not find them sufficient enough to inflict more sanctions on Gor.

If the one-cap wonder is still not paid long after the club have had to endure another three-window ban imposed back in 2021 from signing players, even more strenuous sanctions will be heaped upon them.

“The present matter shall be submitted upon request to the FIFA Disciplinary Comitee in the event that the full payment (including all applicable interest) is still not made by the end of the three and consecutive registration periods.”

The club has in the past said that they are doing all they can to have the transfer embargo lifted after serving a two-window suspension.

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The Green Army was sanctioned by FIFA in 2021 after Ghana's Owusu Jackson complained about breaches of contract and the club was barred from signing and registering new players for two years.

However, the transfer ban was lifted early last year after the club reached an agreement with the two players to pay their outstanding dues by May 31, thus allowing the Kenyan champions to participate in the CAF's club competitions this season.

But in July the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) announced the revoking of the club's CAF Champions League licensing certificate after Gor Mahia failed to settle the payments within the set CAF timelines.

Both parties will be hoping to find an amicable solution in order to solve the problem once and for all.