Former Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack has now said management persuaded him to terminate his contract only to come back to promises to compensate him.
Polack was in charge of the Kenyan champions for a year between 2019/2020, but quit with one year of contract remaining. He has since won a case for non-payment of salaries and other arrears, including allowances, with Fifa, but K’Ogalo has again defaulted on paying him Sh 1.4 million.
The 59-year-old British coach confirmed to Nairobi News through documents from the Fifa Dispute Settlement Chamber that Gor’s deadline for payment had expired on Wednesday but that he had not received any money. He has now left the issue to Fifa.
“I submitted my case to Fifa, which made a decision and gave Gor Mahia 30 days to pay me in full. The stated time span was 30 days and passed on Wednesday without payment. It is now in the hands of Fifa and we’re waiting to see what the result will be, “said Polack.
However, optimistic that he would make a fair decision, he said the club officials had betrayed him and so he found his guilt by turning to the World Football Association.
“I still had a year on my contract but the club persuaded me to quit it with a promise to receive payment. They broke the agreement and this non-payment experience is exhausting,” he added.
However, he was optimistic that one day he would come to Africa and even Kenya to train there, despite having brought Gor Mahia to court.
“My history in African football shows that I’ve made a difference and that I can bring a lot more to another club in Africa,” said Polack. The revered tactician had a two-year contract with Gor but left him after one season (October 2020) after winning a league title and Super Cup for the club.
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Fifa’s imminent sanctions are likely to cause more misery for Gor Mahia, who was banned from signing players in the three consecutive transfer windows after failing to pay Tanzanian winger Dickson Ambudo Sh.1.3 million
The case of the Ghanaian importer Jackson Owusu is also with Fifa and the midfielder is waiting for a result after Gor failed to pay him the accrued salary and allowances totaling Sh 2.6 million.
Dolphina Odhiambo, treasurer of the Nairobi News Club, said the club did not have the money to pay Polack dues and claimed the coach had reached an agreement with club chairman Francis Wasuna rather than her office.
“I was not a party to the agreement, but the problem is definitely that we don’t have any money. Even the cafe money still has to go into our accounts to help us resolve these issues,” said Odhiambo.
The treasurer also agreed that the club is heavily in debt and owes the chairman of the club, Ambrose Rachier, 100 million Shillings.