Mulenga, a national team player for Zambia, is owed hundreds of thousands of dollars after going unpaid for an entire season.
His club Liaoning Hongyun was one of 11 Chinese teams disqualified last year for financial problems; it subsequently shut down.
Mulenga is among players to find there is no way for him to get their money back.
“From the day I notified the Chinese football association that I was owed salary not one person from there has contacted me or raised an eyebrow,” Mulenga said.
FIFPRO’s Shaping Our Future report says that a lack of salary protection schemes for players leaves many exposed to unsustainable governance.