Gor Mahia accuse ex-player Ulimwengu of dishonesty amid Fifa battle
Gor Mahia has accused forward Jules Ulimwengu of not being honest after the Burundian dragged the club to the international body Fifa following a Sh1 million pay dispute
Gor Mahia Chief Executive Ray Oruo confirmed to Nairobi the top club had again been banned by Fifa from registering new players until they clear the dispute with Ulimwengu.
The Burundi international was employed by Gor Mahia between July 2021 and August 2022 on a salary of Sh150,000.
He currently turns out for Green Eagles in the Zambian Super League.
“We had agreed to a payment plan for Ulimwengu but he still went to Fifa and there is no letter which he had written that we have failed to reply. There are cartels who are using these foreign players to siphon money from clubs and we will not be coerced into giving in by going back on agreements we have had with them,” said Oruo.
“Ulimwengu even wanted us to pay him from the money CS Eliud Owalo had given the players and the technical bench last month because someone misadvised him that Gor had received a huge donation. The money from the CS event was given to the captain who divided it among the players themselves. So which money was he being told the club had? Posed Oruo.
He however said the issue will be sorted by the club but called on Ulimwengu to be truthful even as he pursues his rights of being paid his debt.
Contacted by Nairobi News from Zambia, Ulimwengu said he decided to move to Fifa after Gor ignored his letters for the issue to be settled thus he had no any other way but to take action.
“I had written to the club but nobody was replying to my letters. I had not been paid for 13 months and it is only fair the club meets its end of the bargain. I didn’t take Gor to Fifa in bad faith,” said the 24 years old forward.
Ulimwengu joined Gor Mahia from Rayon Sports of Rwanda in September 202O and left in July 2022 after opting not to renew his contract with 19-time Football Kenya Federation Premier League champions.
Gor got a reprieve in March after being allowed to sign new players when the club cleared with club cleared arrears owed to former Ghanaian midfielder Jackson Owusu, Malian Goalkeeper Adama Keita among other former players.
The club had been banned from signing players for three transfer windows without an option of paying a fine.