FIFA hand Zamalek ultimatum to pay Ghanaian striker Acheampong $1million fine

FIFA has ordered Zamalek on Thursday to pay $1 million within 30 days to their former Ghanaian striker Benjamin Acheampong in compliance with the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) ruling in December.

The 30-year-old has claimed unpaid dues after the termination of his contract in 2018 and won the case against the Cairo giants.

The White Knights appealed against CAS’ verdict, but the FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee has informed Zamalek of their obligation to pay, according to Acheampong’s lawyer.

“In case Zamalek refuse to pay the fine, there will be other sanctions like a ban on transfers, point deductions or a relegation to lower divisions,” Acheampong’s lawyer told local sports website Yalla Kora.

Ghanaian sports website ghanasoccernet published some excerpts of a letter it claimed the FIFA’s Disciplinary Department addressed to Zamalek on Thursday, “Upon expiry of the aforementioned final deadline and in the event of persistent default or failure to comply in full with the decision within the period stipulated, a transfer ban will be pronounced until the complete amount due is paid or the non-financial decision is complied with.

“The transfer ban will be implemented automatically at national and international level by the Egyptian Football Association and FIFA respectively, without a further formal decision having to be taken nor any order to be issued by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee or its secretariat.

“In addition, a deduction of points or relegation to a lower division may also be ordered in addition to a transfer ban in the event of persistent failure, repeated offences or serious infringements or if no full transfer could be imposed or served for any reason.”

The letter could not be verified by Ahram Online.

Acheampong joined the Egyptian Premier League in August 2016 through El-Dakhleya, where he played 32 matches, scoring 10 goals including.

He moved to Zamalek in summer 2017 but could not breakthrough the starting lineup as Congolese striker Kabongo Kasongo settled in.

Acheampong participated in only six matches with the Whites, scoring two goals in his six months at the club, before transferring to Petrojet in a short loan deal where he failed to score any goals in 10 participations.

After Zamalek terminated the Ghanaian’s contract by the end of the 2017-2018 season, he filed a complaint against the Cairo giants to CAS regarding delayed dues.

Isaac Darko
Isaac Darko is the lead Combat Sports writer for AfroBallers. He is an expert in Boxing, Mixed Martial Art and Wrestling reportage. Isaac is a journalist with newfound love for athlete management and digital media.

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