FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee has instructed Angolan Club Progresso Association Du Sambizanga to pay Ghanaian striker, Raphael Obeng, some money owed him during his time with the club.
The former Hearts of Oak and Medeama man joined the Angolan side from Egyptian club, Telefonat Beni Suef in 2015.
Obeng was not allowed to play in any competitive game with the club due to a delay in the arrival of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC), and ended up playing friendly games for the first six months of his contract without pay.
“I signed a two year contract with the club with a monthly salary of $5000 and a signing on fee of $200,000”
“I later got the message that my ITC was in and that I was to prepare for the next game. I then asked for the signing on fee and that was when they came back to tell me the ITC had not arrived,” he told Pulse Sports.
“They also told me that the signing on fee was not for me but it was the club owner, the coach and the two agents that brought me into the club.”
“I told them to terminate my contract if that was the case and we went to the Ghana Embassy to reach an agreement.”
“I later agreed to request 50% of the signing on fee and walk away but the club was only willing to offer me 20% of the money,” he added.
Obeng reported the case to FIFA and left to join Egyptian club Ceremica Cleopatra.
Progresso Association Du Sambizanga has then been ordered to pay the signing on fee in full and the six month salary owed the player.
The club is set to face further sanctions if they fail to adhere to the order from the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.
By: Daniel Koranteng/citifmonline.com/Ghana