Cooreman Threatens To Drag Gombe United Before FIFA


Former Gombe United Coach, Maurice Cooreman, has threatened to drag the club before the world football governing body, FIFA , following the club’s alleged refusal to adhere to the world body’s judgment compelling the club to pay him his salary arrears and other entitlements totaling more than N13 million.

The Belgian who left Gombe United in 2014 on health grounds, said he was forced to take the club to FIFA after trying fruitlessly to retrieve the salary arrears and other emoluments owed him by the club.

According to the 73-year old coach, FIFA appointed a single judge from its players status committee, Mr. Geoff Thompson of England, to look into the case. The judge notified Gombe United of the issues raised by Cooreman and after deliberating on it, he awarded the Belgian N10 million and an interest of 0.5 per cent per annum effective from December 9, 2014.

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In the ruling signed by FIFA’s Acting Secretary General, Marco Villiger, the body also ordered Gombe amounting to pay to Cooreman N2.5 million at five per cent interest effective December 9, 2014 until the date of effective payment. Gombe United was also fined 25,000 euros as administrative fee, which must be paid to FIFA 30 days after the judgment.The case was decided on February 8, 2016.

Cooreman said since the judgment was in his favour, the Gombe team has been dribbling him with all sorts of excuses. He said:

“I served Gombe United to the best of my ability, but I am surprised by the way they are treating this issue. Even with all the notifications and calls, they still don’t care. It is unfortunate that I have to take this step to collect my money.” 

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Speaking on the issue, Gombe United Chairman, Awalu Musa, said the club was aware of the judgment, and would settle Cooreman as soon as their finances improves.“We got a letter from the NFF on the same issue, but we are settling our debts gradually. In fact, we have settled more than 100 people for the debts we inherited and I can assure you that we will pay Cooreman once we get the money.”