- The 18-time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia are facing a threat of losing the Tanzanian goalkeeper David Mapigano if they fail to pay him all his due salaries.
It is understood that Gor has not paid its player’s salaries for up to seven months now and there is a possibility of a mass exodus of key players who are seeking greener pastures. The non-payment of salaries at Gor has been occasioned by the exit of shirt sponsors SportPesa in August last year.
However, Mapigano has insisted that he will only return to Kenya from Tanzania and commit his future to Gor after receiving all arrears. He has a three-year contract with the 18-time champions which will end in July 2021.
“My coming back to Kenya is dependent on whether or not I get my money. It is simple, if I am not paid, I will not come back. Gor owes me a lot of money and I have given the club time to honor its promise but that has not happened. It will not be a good idea for me to come (back to Gor) and my family is suffering back here (in Tanzania) financially,” Mapigano said.
He has cleared that he has been patient because he loves the club (Gor), although the patient won’t last long if the situation does not change.
“Yes I have been approached by some clubs but I am yet to make any commitment because I believe I will be paid my salary arrears. Should I decide to part ways with Gor, I will write a letter to the club terminating my contract,” he added.
The Tanzanian international congratulated his teammates on winning a fourth straight KPL title after Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa declared Gor Mahia champions.
“If there is a law enabling us to lift the title the way they did, then it is okay. However, we would have loved to win the league on the pitch. We were not prepared to see it end this abruptly,” Mapigano concluded.
With the imminent exit of Mapigano, it means K’Ogalo is left with veteran Boniface Oluoch and Frederick Odhiambo as the only first-team goalkeepers and if things continue like that (no payment) the list is getting thinner.