TICC was able to follow up with Mr. Osorio, learning new information about Duk’s move to Saudi Arabia, how his time with the Cosmos ended and legal actions they may take against the NASL club.
“I can tell you that Duk will play for the club Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia,” the agent confirmed with TICC. “The contract is for six months with an extension for another year.”
The agent also confirmed that an agreement had been reached with Sport Boys.
“Yes, the club has accepted the loan,” he said.The talk turned to the Cosmos where, continuing a theme of players being unpaid, it was revealed that the striker was also waiting for wages owed to him.
“They didn’t pay Duk,” revealed Osorio. “They owe him for October, November, and December.”
He also revealed that they were poised to take legal action should the Cosmos not handle the unpaid wages.
And the deadline is fast approaching.
“We’re waiting for them to pay this week. If not, we’ll start a suit through FIFA.”
While it’s unclear just how many players are still owed money and for how long, this is the first clear indicator that a player is poised to take action through the international governing body of the sport.
Duk’s case might echo that of Ogenyi Onazi, who recently took Italian club Lazio to task through FIFA for two months of unpaid wages in October. The case is still underway. In January of 2016, the governing body handed out punishment to Ukranian club Volyn Lutsk for its failure to pay two players.
Duk started eight of his eleven appearances for the Cosmos, scoring twice and adding an assist. He was called away several times on international duty to Bolivia, including during the NASL Final, and was also out due to injury with a broken nose suffered during the Copa America Centenario.
Al-Ettifaq, in Dammam, is currently in sixth place in the Saudi Arabian Jameel League and have not claimed a title since 1987.