Adel Amrouche is not at all seeking to hand Football Kenya Federation (FKF) any leeway in the ongoing payment tussle between the two that has the latter threatened by sanctions from FIFA.
FKF has until midnight today, Thursday 23 April, to pay Amrouche Kshs 109 million owed to him for wrongful dismissal and failure to do so will force sanctions from football’s world governing body, including banning Kenya from taking part in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Harambee Stars have been pooled in Group E in the race to grace the Qatar showpiece alongside East African rivals Uganda and Rwanda as well as West African powerhouses Mali.
FKF has already approached FIFA to have the deadline pushed forward so as to allow them proposition the government to intervene in the matter but unless Amrouche allows it, there is nothing that the organization can do.
Amrouche himself has gone on record saying that he is not open to the idea. “An agreement on extension would lead to the closure of the disciplinary proceedings without payment being guaranteed,” the Algerian tactician is quoted as saying by the BBC.
This words, coupled with FKF President Nick Mwendwa’s sentiments while being interviewed on KTN’s Zilizala Viwanjani earlier this week, point towards a ban as the only solution.
“We have written to FIFA again requesting them to extend the payment deadline because the government has not communicated to us on how we will settle the debt, Mwendwa said.
“But I doubt if they will heed to our call because they have given us enough time since October 2019. So, there is a likelihood we will not be able to pay the money on time. This means that Kenya will not participate in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
“We will just be barred from the World Cup qualifiers, but we will continue participating in the youth and women competitions as well as the AFCON and CHAN tournaments. If we are banned, we will accept it and move on.”
Amrouche was dismissed from his role as head coach of Harambee Stars in August 2014 just 18 months into the job. He was however reinstated under unclear circumstances in 2016 at the tailend of Sam Nyamweya’s tenure, right before Mwenda’s regime took over.
A failure to see eye to eye between the two parties forced Amrouche, who is the current coach of the Botswanan men’s senior team, to seek legal action with the Court of Arbitration (CAS) ruling in his favour in September last year.