Courtesy of the Zambia Daily mail
NKANA skipper Sydney Kalume has urged midfielder Julius Situmbeko to consider joining Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia because they promised him a good deal.
The Kenyan side has threatened to report Situmbeko to FIFA because the player failed to report at the club by December 27 as agreed in the contract.
Kalume and Situmbeko shared a room during the Zambia national soccer team’ outing to the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup in Kenya.
Kalume also refuted claims that he was a witness when Situmbeko was signing the contract.
He, however, admitted that he was aware that Situmbeko got undisclosed amount of money from an official from Gor Mahia.
Kalume alleged that Situmbeko asked for boots from Gor’s manager in his presence.
“It happened that Situmbeko came with a piece of paper to our room which was indicating that the club had given him some money as he already signed on it. He also confirmed getting the money which I knew was for the same boots and I also signed as a witness,” Kalume said.
Gor Mahia were also interested in Kalume but he could not take the offer because he has a contract with Nkana.
“Gor is a good club with good money and it’s only that I’m committed with Nkana. But kuli uyu mwaiche [to this young boy] Situmbeko, he should consider taking up the offer because those people are ready to buy off his contract at Power,” he said.
Efforts to get Situmbeko proved futile as his phone went unanswered.
But Situmbeko in an interview with supersport.com acknowledged signing a deal with Gor Mahia.
“I signed the deal but Power Dynamos have refused to let me go. I agree I was paid my signing on free but I have requested to return it because the issue is going out of hand,” Situmbeko was quoted by Superspoort.com.
On Saturday, Gor Mahia secretary secretary George Bwana told Supersport.com that they will report Situmbeko to FIFA for double dealing.
Bwana also accused Power of trying to hijack the deal.
The club stated that the player was expected in Kenya on December 27.
Power secretary Ricky Mafunda rubbished the threat, saying any deal that Gor Mahia were alleging to have signed with Situmbeko should be considered illegal because the proper process was not followed.
But Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) executive committee member Jeffrey Chipilingu said he is not aware of Situmbeko signing a contract with Gor Mahia.
Chipilingu, who was delegation leader, said Situmbeko belongs to Power.
“On behalf of Power and FAZ, I want to state that Situmbeko didn’t sign any contract with any club not even any other of the players that I went with. I was not approached by the club and I am very sure that the coach Patrice Beaumelle is also in the dark,” he said.