Mwendwa: There will never be a situation like Amrouche’s ever again in Kenya

FKF president Nick Mwendwa has spoken on Adel Amrouche’s court ruling insisting that in the future there will never be such an occurrence ever again.

Amrouche, who served as head coach of Harambee Stars between 2013 and 2014, won his case against FKF with the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) earlier this week ordering the federation to pay the Algerian tactician Kshs 108m for wrongful dismissal.

Spitting incident

The 51 year old, who was let go just months into his five year contract for an incident in 2014 where he is said to have spat on the centre referee as Kenya took on Comoros in an AFCON qualifier in Comoros, sued FKF, then under Sam Nyamweya, for firing him after he was banned by CAF for one year for the incident.

He was awarded Kshs 60m plus damages which totals to the Kshs 108 that FKF is set to pay and Mwendwa has rued the mistakes made by his predecessor’s regime.

“In 2014 Adel spat on a referee in Comoros. Two months later he was banned by CAF and almost immediately, was fired from his position as head coach of Harambee Stars,” Mwendwa begun by saying as he chaired the 7th annual AGM meeting held at a Nairobi hotel on Saturday 5 October.

Negotiations outside court

“Before the ruling was made, we had been for the past four years trying to negotiate with Adel out of the courts. We tried to have him return back to the job but we failed in that.

“If you can remember before Okumbi was appointed, we did not refer to him (Okumbi) as the team’s “head coach” we called him the “first team coach” because we wanted Adel to come back and work with Okumbi as his assistant but he refused.

“Firing Adel after two months was a mistake, if he should have been let go then it should have been within 48 hours after the incident in Comoros. Now we have been left with this difficult situation which we have written to government asking them to come in and help.”

Mwendwa also confirmed that former Stars coach Bobby Williamson has a case in court against FKF where he is demanding Kshs 55m but going forward, such cases will be a thing of the past with the steps being put in by his office.

Closed contracts

“No coach going forward will have a closed contract with us. This means that we will have in every contract a two month exit clause and if you don’t agree with it then we don’t hire you.

“Something similar to what we have with Sebsatien Migne where we are paying him up until March. He had a contract with us until 2021 where he would have earned Kshs 48m but we mutually agreed on the termination of the contract and will now pay him Kshs 20m,” Mwendwa opined.