Former Sofapaka goalkeeper Wycliffe Kasaya is hoping to find a new employer after spending the better part of the current season out of action following a controversial release from Sofapaka.
The keeper was released by the 2009 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions at the close of 2018 and moved to appeal at the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Player Status Committee, protesting wrongful dismissal.
The committee ruled in favor of the keeper after it emerged that indeed the club was on the wrong, releasing him just three months into his two year deal.
Ordered to pay
The club was ordered to pay him Kshs 1.6m but has since appealed and Kasaya is now forced to wait for the second ruling as he keeps fit, awaiting a new employer.
“Sofapaka appealed the ruling and we can only wait. The situation remains the club didn’t follow the right procedure in releasing me and it is the reason I am clubless till now,” he told Soka.
Posta deal canceled
The experienced custodian had signed a deal to join Posta Rangers when Sofapaka confirmed releasing him, alongside a few other players but the club (Rangers) was forced to terminate the deal even before it took off.
“I perfectly understand Posta’s move. There was so little they could do; they asked out of the deal because of this pending case and it is also understandable because then Sofapaka had not issued me with the release letter.
“So now I train daily as I look to get a new club to play for in the second leg. I am keeping fit and with the midseason transfer window approaching, I am confident I will get a new employer and the case at the federation will also be determined,” he added.
Kasaya lauded the FKF Player Status Committee for the ruling made in January, saying it sets a good precedent for players.
“The federation is doing a good job; we don’t get to hear of many such rulings in our leagues so I think this is a big milestone,” he concluded.
Kasaya played 10 times for Sofapaka, having joined as a free agent from Mathare United.