FKF makes bold move to ease domestic transfers

In the bid to manage inter club transfers across the top leagues in the country, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has initiated a project that would ensure faster and easier documentation of players’ moves domestically.

In borrowing from the International Transfer Matching System (ITMS), which is managed by FIFA via member associations, FKF has made steps to initiate a Domestic Transfer Matching System (DTMS) for clubs across the Kenyan Premier League (KPL), National Super League (NSL) and the Women Premier League (WPL).

July 2019 transfer window

By the FKF timelines, as communicated on the federation’s official portal, the system is set to be rolled out during the July 2019 transfer window, in the run up to the 2019/2020 season.

In the first step towards the project, the federation on Monday 18 March opened a two – day workshop for Team Managers across the three leagues at the Strathmore Business School, to bring them to speed with the same.

Digitizing transfers

“FIFA is aiming at digitizing not only international but also domestic transfers. It is for this reason that FKF has in conjunction with FIFA invited local clubs to take them through this system,” said the FKF Head of Competitions & TMS Manager Frank Ogolla.

The DTMS will also be able to generate transfer activity reports and monitor capacity for transparency and domestic governance.

In the FIFA ITMS model, member associations and clubs have specific employees granted access to the Transfer Matching System (TMS) for the sole reason of facilitating international transfers, and the federation will be borrowing from the same in the DTMS.