New twist in Avire transfer saga as Sofapaka plays hard ball

The John Avire transfer saga is still rolling on, and despite earlier reports that he had secured a deal with Egyptian side Tanta FC, Sofapaka still holds a claim on the player.

Contracted to Sofapaka until 2021, Avire kicked up a storm after trying to force a move out of the team, apparently with assistance from embattled Football Kenya Federation (FKF) CEO Robert Muthomi.

Rubbished reports

Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa has rubbished reports that the Kenyan international has sealed the move to Egypt, noting that the club has not issued a release letter, neither has there been a request for an International Transfer Certificate (ITC), as is the norm for such a transfer.

“We have not released Avire. He is still our player and is under contract here. There has been no ITC request from Egypt; that should say everything,” he said.

Avire the fan

However, Kalekwa confirmed that indeed Avire traveled to Egypt, but only as a fan to watch the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final, afterwhich he reported late for preseason training but revealed that has been sorted.

“Avire only went to Egypt to watch the final. He came back a bit late and was punished for that, so he is now back and like we said before, we are trying to put that behind us,” he added.

The Avire transfer saga saw Muthomi step aside from his roles as FKF CEO as the federation opened investigation over the player’s attempted move to Egypt in complete disregard of his contractual obligations at Sofapaka.