Avire ‘blunder’ forgiven, Sofapaka ready to start on clean slate with Kenyan international

Sofapaka forward John Avire has been in the news in the past few days for not so good reasons after trying to engineer a move away from the club, allegedly with help from a high ranking Football Kenya Federation (FKF) official Robert Muthomi.

The striker’s club’s President Elly Kalekwa, has described his move as a ‘moment of naivety’ and extended an olive branch to the player, noting that all that is now forgotten and called on him to focus on the future.

Muthomi’s tribulations

What would have been a simple contractual process morphed into a transfer saga that ended in Muthomi stepping aside as the federation opened investigations over his involvement in the player’s move to terminate his contract.

Kalekwa acknowledged that Avire had indeed shown remorse for his part in the saga, and his apology accepted, and while the Congolese businessman admitted the player erred, he blamed his handlers for wrongfully advising him.

“Avire spoke to me earlier in the week and explained everything. He should not have tried to engineer a move away, knowing too well he is bound by a contract here.

“It was a moment of naivety from him and he has apologised. All is fine now; that is in the past and we are ready to start on a clean slate. He is still a small boy and those people took advantage of it to advise him wrongfully. As leaders we have a responsibility to guide players well,” Kalekwa said.

Kalekwa’s condition

Avire was apparently moving to terminate his deal to allow him join an unidentified Egyptian club. Kalekwa is not opposed to any such move, and only notes that it will happen if the right order is followed.

“His place at Sofapaka is guaranteed as long as he has a running contract with us, because we all know Avire is a good player. However, if he wants to leave, we will allow him as long as we talk with the buying club that reaches our valuation of the player and in consideration of his contract.

“So far we have not spoken to the said Egyptian club,” he added.

On his first season at the team, Avire scored six goals, earned his first international cap and went on to feature twice, as a substitute, in the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).