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Tanzanian Fountain Gate Princess FC’s club official under investigation for ‘impregnating Kenyan footballer’

By Winnie Mabel September 19th, 2023 2 min read

An official affiliated with Tanzania’s Fountain Gate Princess Football Club is under investigation for allegedly impregnating a former Kenyan signee, who was part of the Harambee Starlets U-20 and U-17 national teams.

In a statement issued by the Club’s Executive Director, Mr Japhet Makau, Fountain Gate acknowledged receiving the news of an intimate relationship between a club official and and the resulting pregnancy; and took the steps of asking the official to respond to the allegations.

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The official denied being in an intimate relationship with the young lady and being responsible for the pregnancy.

“The club has suspended the official to pave the way for investigations. We are also in continued communication with the Football Kenya Federation, the Tanzania Football Federation, and the family of the young woman to know what further steps need to be taken in regard to this matter. The Club will continue fully cooperating with all parties involved until the truth is known and the right steps are taken in regards to the parties involved,” said Mr Makau.

The Club also distanced itself from the official’s behaviors, saying its management has been part of football-related meetings and seminars championing the rights of players against sexual harassment or any other kind of corruption.

“Even so, it is hard to know the private affairs of a section of our club officials and their bad intentions. In relation to what has occurred, it was determined that this was the private actions of the official and not the official position of the Club. The Club will continue cooperating with all parties involved until the end the truth is known and the right actions are taken. This will serve as a lesson to other leaders who behave similarly to what happened here,” said Mr Makau.

The young footballer joined Fountain Gate in June 2022 after signing a two-year contract set to end in May 2023.

However, she left the club earlier upon mutual agreement and was sent off after all her contractual agreements were met.

According to a prior interview with Nation.Africa, the young female player expressed great hopes after signing with the new team, saying she hoped to be one of the best players in the Tanzania Women’s Premier League.

“This is a big platform for me and I know more opportunities will come knocking if I perform well. I have a dream of playing for Chelsea Women Football Club in England before I hang my boots,” said the lady.

Fountain Gate Princess also runs a football academy for football players aged between 15 and 20. It has branches in Dar-es-Salaam, Dodomoa, Morogoto and Gito.