By Baron Kironde
Midfielder Moses Okot has pinned Onduparaka FC for ‘blatantly breaching the contract of Employment’ signed with him.
The player has lodged a case with the FUFA disputes resolution chamber against the Arua-based club demanding that they pay him a total of eleven million.
Okot wants seven million as the outstanding salary from his two-year contract, two million as the outstanding amount from the unpaid sign-on fees and another payment for punitive damages of two million for ‘adamantly refusing to pay and mistreating him.’
“Onduparaka did not pay my salary for months, neither did they fulfil their obligation to clear my sign-on fee,” OKot told Football256.
“I sent them (Onduparaka) a demand notice and they still refused to pay, so I terminated my contract.”
“We had an agreement and I expected the club to honour it like I did honour my contract with the club, but they didn’t so I couldn’t carry on,” he added .
Okot’s petition against Onduparaka states in part that the player’s contract with the club is terminated with immediate effect and the player be allowed to seek alternative employment. He had left the club earlier on even before his release.
“I am a football player, and that’s my job, I have to get paid for my services like any other person expects to be paid after working.”
Of the fourteen players released by the club, the midfielder is said to be one of the ten “big heads from the central region” who just came six months back and started giving management headaches- relentlessly demanding for (their) money.
As the other players held on until at least the end of the season, Okot bowed out midway citing disrespect and dishonesty.
However, the club insists that the player’s departure from the club was initiated by himself following personal hardships.
“Okot just departed from the camp at a time Onduparaka had travelled for an away game and he was in the squad,” Mercy Munduru, the club head of marketing and communication noted.
According to Munduru, Okot expressed that he was frustrated that he was playing less than he felt he should have, hence choosing to just end his relationship with the club.
“It’s just that we respect these players so much we don’t throw out everything in the public as they do.”
Okot who has previously had spells with The Saints, Gulu United Academy and Uganda Martyrs University in the University Football League where he was named the MVP and Top Scorer in 2013 is looking for employment elsewhere.