Kenya Adama Keita: Gor Mahia banned again by FIFA for breaking payment rules

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League champions Gor Mahia have been slapped with another world governing body FIFA ban for failure to clear a debt owed to a former player.

In a letter from FIFA sent to the club, Gor Mahia have been accused of their failure to honour an earlier pledge to offset a debt owed to Malian goalkeeper Adama Keita.

“We refer to the above-mentioned matter as well as to the decision passed by Fifa. In this context, it appears that, despite the decision, Gor Mahia (the respondent) has still not complied with its financial obligations towards Mr Adama Keita (the claimant),” read part of the letter from FIFA.

“In this regard, we wish to inform the parties that a ban from registering new players internationally has been implemented by Fifa.”

Keita, who was part of the K’Ogalo squad on 2021 had initially been awarded Sh4.4 million, which Gor Mahia pledged to clear in batches. However, FIFA had issues a stern warning that failure to pay the amount on 45 days the club will face sanctions.

The 45 days elapsed on Tuesday and hence the new ban on Gor Mahia, who are smarting from their Mozzart Bet Cup exit at the hands of lowly Denmak last Sunday.

The letter from FIFA further directed FKF To implement the ban by saying: “Moreover, and by the aforementioned decision, the FKF (in copy) is requested to immediately implement on the respondent the Club (Gor Mahia) if not done yet, a ban from registering new players at the national level.

“We thank you for taking note of the above and for your valuable cooperation in this matter.”

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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