By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
Gabriel Nkayimbo of Cameroon nationality has been arrested and put behind bars in Nairobi, Kenya, for taking advantage of vulnerable west African footballers.
The supposing football agent has been accused of collecting money from players upfront, promising them trails and potential contracts in big clubs in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya,other East African countries and Europe.
Nkayimbo is said to have a Ugandan ID with the name Lwagababo Israel. He was arrested on December 18, 2019 by Kenyan police and taken to Pangani police station where he is currently detained.
Cameroonian footballer Samuel Mpondo is Nkayimbo‘s latest victim. He was invited through Nkayimbo’s colleague to come to Kenya after paying 600USD to sign for Bandari FC or Nzoia, two Kenyan Premier League outfits.
“Nkayimbo and one of his colleagues told me that two clubs in Kenya (Bandari and Nzoia) want to sign me and it was up to me to decide which club to join, because both clubs were willing to pay me a monthly salary of 2000USD,” Mpondo told Florsport.
“I traveled to Nairobi in February 2019 but I was surprised when I found out that everything was false,” Mpondo added.
The player has now signed for struggling Chemelil FC who are in deep financial problems.
Nkayimbo and his team have succeeded to dupe over 30 west African footballers and he is also wanted by Tanzanian police.
Christian Wopimase Azipesung, Emmanuel Nyeck and Wilfred Lottin Same are amongst their numerous victims. They traveled to Kenya to join Kenyan top flight clubs, but were abandoned in their hotel rooms by Nkayimbo and his team.
African footballers have to learn to look before they leap or else they will end up with their heads in their hands.
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