FIFA ultimatum for Kotoko

ochayaTHE Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has asked Kumasi Asante Kotoko to show proof why they cannot give Uganda player Joseph Ochaya an International Transfer Certificate since he wants to leave Kotoko on a free transfer.

“The World governing body wrote to the Uganda FA last Wednesday indicating that they have given the Ghana FA an ultimatum till Jan. 20 to prove that Ochaya cannot be allowed to join a team of his choice,” said the FA’s spokesman Hussein Ahmed last Friday.

Ochaya who formerly played for league champions, Kotoko sought assistance from FIFA after his employers were not fulfilling part of his contract terms which forced him to return to Uganda last year.

Ahmed explained that the Ghana FA has been tasked to attach any evidence why they have not issued an ITC to the player.

David Tamale, secretary to Ugandan Champions KCCA FC told Xinhua in an interview that they are trying to sign Ochaya because the player does not want to go back to Ghana.

“Ochaya has a point if Asante Kotoko failed to pay him what he was meant to get. Let them release him so that we can get the best out of him since he is even our former player,” added Tamale.

KCCA FC are preparing for a preliminary round match of the 2015 CAF Champions League against the Cameroon League Champions.

Two other Ugandan players Emmanuel Okwi and Godfrey Walusimbi have in the past had FIFA force their respective clubs Etoile Du Sahel to release the players because of breach of contract.

Meanwhile, Ex-Ghana international Laryea Kingston has advised the Black Stars players to avoid social media during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

The former Heart of Midlothian player sees Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp as major distraction tools.

Kingston says the Black Stars find it difficult to deal with criticisms about their performance and that eats them up.

“The players have to desist from social media and concentrate fully on the tournament if they want to win,” Kingston told Happy FM.

“Sometimes, we get distracted by things people say about us on such platforms so it will be prudent for the players to stay away from social media during the period of the AFCON.”

Kingston played at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations finals and got sent off in Ghana’s final Group match against Senegal.

The suspension was carried over to the FIFA World Cup that year and that cost him a place in Ghana’s squad for the tournament in Brazil.

Two years later, he picked up a bronze medal as Ghana finished third on home soil in the 2008 AFCON finals.

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