It is now four months since John Avire was competitively involved in a football match and from all indications, that will stretch on after a transfer saga that touched the nerve of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF).
The player registered under Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side, Sofapaka FC was in July 2019 said to be on his way to Egyptian club Tanta FC but the proposed move was not done in the right procedure and has resulted in a huge standoff between the two clubs.
After it emerged that the player, with a little help, tried to engineer a move in complete disregard of his contract with Sofapaka, all crumbled and despite the club declaring he had tendered an apology, he has not reported back.
Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa confirmed to Soka that the Egyptian club opened talks but so far there no accord has been struck. Much of this is based on the route the Egyptian club opted for, Kalekwa intimated.
“The Egyptian club tried to get our player through the back door and went on to apply for the International Transfer Certificate in complete disregard that the player had a parent club.
“After we raised the issue they started talks but then all that has stalled now and we do not have any agreement as things stand. FIFA rightly declined their ITC request and so there isn’t much progress,” he told Soka.
Meanwhile, Avire, a very promising talent stays out of the game. Kalekwa says he is still welcome at Sofapaka and assured he will not be victimized if he resumes duty.
“Avire apologized for this and we accepted him back even before the season started. We have no problem with him and he was paid all his dues. It is sad that a player like him stays out of football because of this,” he added.
Avire’s was a member of the Kenya national team at the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign. Soka could not establish his whereabouts as he remains unreachable on phone.