FKF promises action on Avire – Muthomi transfer saga

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has confirmed it has launched investigations regarding a complaint by Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Sofapaka, implicating its CEO Robert Muthomi over attempting to aid the club’s player breach a running contract.

Sofapaka, on Wednesday 17 July noted in a letter to the federation, that the club’s employee, John Avire was keen on forcing a move away from the team, with the assistance of Muthomi and further a letter on the federation letterhead signed by Muthomi made matters even worse for the FKF official.

Travel as a fan

While Avire is accused of forcing his way out of a valid contract to join an unidentified Egyptian team, the letter signed by Muthomi requesting the Egyptian embassy to clear him to travel as a fan for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final, left a lot to be desired.

“We wish to state that we have received a complaint from Sofapaka FC, in regard to striker John Avire’s intended move to an undisclosed club in Egypt, despite having a running contract with the Kenyan Premier League club,” a statement from the federation reads.

With the federation investigating one of its own, the statement assures of justice and fairness for all, promising to crack the whip, as per its disciplinary code.

Justice and fairness

“Further, we have also noted with great concern, allegations therein touching on the office of the FKF CEO Mr. Robert Muthomi, in regard to the purported move and have since launched internal investigations to look into the same, with a view of ensuring there is justice and fairness for all.

“Any person found culpable will be held responsible, in accordance with the FKF disciplinary code,” the statement continues.

And just in case Avire, who took part in the ongoing AFCON finals earlier on with Kenya, has a deal tabled by an Egyptian club, his possible transfer may well have met headwinds as the federation declares in the statement that as at now he has to honor his contractual obligation to Sofapaka.

“Most importantly, for avoidance of doubt and for the good of the game, we wish to reiterate that John Avire remains a Sofapaka FC player with a valid contract running till December 31, 2020.

Contrary to rules

“Additionally, any transfer of and/or by the player will be contrary to both the FIFA and FKF Statutes, as the player has both not been issued with an ITC by the federation and/or released by the club, as is required by law.

“FKF remains impartial in this sensitive matter and is according it the seriousness that it deserves,” the statement concludes.

Avire’s contract at Sofapaka still has two years to run even though it is said the player tried to invoke a non – payment clause, having gone three months without salary.