Kenyan league champions Gor Mahia will not sign any foreign players

The chairman of Kenyan league champions, Gor Mahia, announced that the club will no longer sign foreign players in the future. This decision comes after the team was expelled from the CAF Champions League due to violations of player contract terms.

On Friday, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) took the decision to revoke Gor Mahia’s club licensing certificate because the club failed to fulfill payment agreements with three former players hailing from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mali.

Gor Mahia chairman, Ambrose Rachier, announced on Sunday that the club has made the decision not to sign any foreign players in the foreseeable future.

Rachier told Nairobi-based Radio 47, “It looks like many of the foreign-based players we have been signing only come here to cause us problems and take money without giving us value.”

“We’ve had a discussion as the top leadership of the club, and for now we are not going to sign any foreign player,” he said.

In 2021, FIFA sanctioned Gor Mahia after complaints from Congolese striker Sando Yangayay and Malian goalkeeper Adama Keita regarding breaches of contract. As a result, the club was prohibited from signing and registering new players for a period of two years.

The transfer ban was lifted earlier this year when Gor Mahia reached an agreement with the two players to settle their outstanding dues by May 31. This resolution enabled the Kenyan champions to participate in CAF’s club competitions for this season.

On Friday, the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) declared the revocation of Gor Mahia’s licensing certificate as the club failed to settle the payments within the specified CAF timelines.

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