Uganda Cranes' Godfrey Walusimbi Credit: © Kawowo Sports | Cosmas Arinitwe

Kenya Premier League giants Gor Mahia Football Club have petitioned Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) over the prolonged absence of their player, Godfrey ‘Jajja Walu’ Walusimbi.

Godfrey ‘Jajja Walu’ Walusimbi in action for Uganda Cranes against Sao Tome and Principe Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

The club has written to the FUFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Edgar Watson querying the delay of Walusimbi to return for club duties.

Since the international break when Gor Mahia released Walusimbi for Uganda Cranes two home games against West Africans Sao Tome and Principe as well as the match with Malawi, the pint size albeit intelligent left back has never reported for club duty.

Uganda Cranes defeated Sao Tome and Principe 3-1 before being held to a goal-less draw by a physical Malawi out fit.

However, Gor Mahia officials are worried concerning their player’s failure to return to Kenya since the games.

“We wrote to the FUFA CEO inquiring about his where-abouts because we got worried since he was never injured in the international break,” a club official told Kawowo Sports on condition on anonymity.

Walusimbi played in the two matches and had an outstanding performance in both games, winning the praise of the technical team, many fans and pundits alike.

Against Sao Tome and Principe, he played 68 minutes before his place was taken by Alex Kakuba and completed the 90 minutes in the non-scoring draw with Malawi.

Since his stay away from duty, he has consequently missed crucial key engagements for the club including the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup playoff against SuperSport United.

Sources close to the player indicate that Walusimbi is set to depart back for duty after resolving a few personal issues revolving around his employment contract with Gor Mahia and outstanding arrears.

Walusimbi is Uganda Cranes’ first choice option at leftback a position where Egyptian based Isaac Muleme, Joseph Ochaya (with Lusaka Dynamos in Zambia) and Portuguese based Alex Kakuba have played as well after the retired Nestroy Kizito.

He has previously played at Villa Jogoo (Junior side to SC Villa Jogoo) and Sports Club Villa Jogoo senior team as well as a semi-professional stint with Democratic Republic of Congo’s Don Bosco.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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