Mtibwa Sugar officials have denied links with Kenyan striker George Odhiambo following his fall out with immediate former employer Azam FC who have acknowledged having terminated his contract just few months after signing lucrative deal from Danish side Randers FC. ‘Blackberry’ had been reported to have joined Mtibwa Sugar a team that was previously coached by Kenyan Tom Olaba.
Mtibwa Sugar Boss Jamal Baisa told Michezoafrika.com on Wednesday morning that, “We have already filled our slots of 30 players and we have no intention of signing another player. We have neither interest in Blackberry nor any other player,”
Blackberry’s agent Ed Stoner had earlier told Michezoafrika.com that his player was still in contract with Azam dismissing claims that the player had been dropped from the team. However, in a quick rejoinder, Azam’ s Media Officer Patrick Kahemele re- confirmed his club’s position saying that Azam had indeed handed Blackberry a letter of contract termination and copied the same to his agent Ed Stoner.
“The contract we had with him (Odhiambo) clearly stipulates that it can be terminated through unprofessional behavior. Azam is a strict and professional club and if a player misses training for six days then that is unprofessional,” Kahemele says.
“He told us that he was sick and when we asked him to produce any documents from the doctor, he never did. We have a team doctor and he never went to him. To us, that is lack of professionalism and I think it is a problem with many of our African players,” Kahemele notes.
“We gave him the letter, and because Azam is a professional club, we as well gave him an air ticket back to Nairobi. He has returned the car the team had given him as well as keys to the house and all other things he had which belonged to the club.” Kahemele added while also lamenting that they had invested a lot in the player and the immediate fall out is unfortunate and regrettable.
“We have lost two players in the same position. Mrisho Ngassa left because he kissed a Yanga jersey when playing for us and now we are losing Blackberry, the best player in Kenya in 2010. We hope that someone will talk to him and advice him well because if he continues that way, he will kill his soccer career,” concludes the spokesperson.
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