KEY strikers Samson Jakesh and Papy Kamanzi (Kambale Salita) have left defending champions Rayon Sports due to various reasons.
Jakesh, recently signed from Uganda Revenue Authority left the Nyanza-based club last week on Tuesday over unpaid balance worth Rwf. 1 million on the agreed recruitment fee. He had initially been given Rwf. 3 million and promised to be given the remaining balance in December.
On the same note, Kamanzi walked out of the team’s base mid last month after being sidelined because of an injury he sustained in the game against AS Muhanga to DR Congolese club AS Vita where he is reported to be featuring in the Congolese league.
When asked, Jakesh said, “The date which I had been promised to get the remaining balance has elapsed and I feared, I will not get the money,”
The club chairman who also doubles to be Nyanza district Mayor Abdallah Murenzi eas shocked by the behaviours of Jakesh whom he thinks shouldn’t be the one claiming the money but instead his manager Mujib Kasule with whom the club legally knows as Jakesh’s representatives.
“Jakesh may decide to wait for his money by not featuring for the club but when he is paid, he will have to answer some questions on why he deserted the club,”
Murenzi believes that Jakesh is the not the only player at the club who is owed money but the approach in which he demanded the money should have been professional.
On Kamanzi who emulated fellow Congolese players who have walked away from their teamsn during the national football league with permission like Hussein Sibomana and Jerome Sina among others, club secretary general, Olivier Gakwaya said, “It’s not something new for Rayon Sports as some of some of the Congolese players have done it before. The club’s management will have a discussion about the player’s plight. But the most important issue for the club right now is that, we shall continue to focus on the objective of defending the title as planned this season.”
Last season, Congolese born Sina walked out of the training camp and was later denied the opportunity to change teams during the last transfer window when AS Muhanga showed interest in his services.
Sina dumped Rayon Sport in the middle of last season and opted to feature in the Democratic Republic of Congo league after being slapped with a one-month ban on grounds of indiscipline.
He later resurfaced at the start of the Turbo King National league, claiming that his contract with Rayon Sport had expired and was on the verge of joining AS Muhanga as a free agent.
However, Rayon Sport held onto him claiming that the player still has unfinished business with the Nyanza-based club. A similar instance happened with Rayon Sport and Amavubi star Bogota Labama during his spell at Rayon Sport.
Murenzi has urged Coach Gomes Didier da Rosa to feature the available players and not to be held captive due to in-disciplined players.
As a way of curbing with such issues, Murenzi stated that they are going to put much emphasis on their academy such that it can groom solid players for their club in future to emulate clubs like APR and AS Kigali who are relying on Rwandan born players.