The Ugandan defender missed Gor Mahia's 1-2 loss to Rwandan side Rayon Sports and South African outlet Soccer Laduma reports that the left-back made his first appearance in training with talks between Gor Mahia and Amakhosi being at an advanced stage.
The side is keen to have a left back on board before the transfer window shuts following the exit of Tsepo Masilela, and Walusimbi seems to be their option at the moment. Gor Mahia however on their part are not happy with how Chiefs approached the 29-year-old.
Gor Mahia FC Chairman Ambrose Rachier and head coach Dylan Kerr have accused the SA side of tapping the player. Speaking ahead of the CAF Confederations Cup clash against Rayon Sport last week Kerr admitted that Walusimbi asked for permission to travel to SA but he never took him seriously.
“I thought he was joking when he asked for four days off to attend trials. Chiefs illegally tapped our player. Chiefs illegally approached Walusimbi and they are 100% in the wrong. Would they like it if I went behind their back and did what they have done? They have to make a very good offer if they want him. The damage has been done.” Rachier told City Press.
The boss says they will not accept anything less than Kshs 30 Million. He added that he advised the Uganda star not to go for trials since he was a superb player.
“Not a chance, 30 million Kenyan shillings [R4.4 million] minimum. Walusimbi said to me: ‘I need four days to go to South Africa to go on trial at Chiefs.’ I thought he was joking. I told him he was an exceptional player and no one goes on trial if they’re exceptional. And the next thing I knew, he was in South Africa.”
Chiefs Manager Bobby Motaung, however, says they were approached by Walusimbi's agent. He adds that he understands Gor Mahia FC are in pain of losing a top player.
“The player came with his agent and we are talking club to club – they sent a proposal and we’ve sent our counterproposal. I am not talking to the coach [Kerr]. It’s normal for any coach to feel that way when they lose their top player”.
Gor Mahia also lost Ugandan-born striker Meddie Kagere a few weeks ago, with the forward securing a big money move to Tanzanian side Simba SC.