- As the long transfer window is expected to open, Kenya Footballers Welfare Association (Kefwa) President James Situma has revealed he expects more cases and they are ready to handle contract issues between players and clubs.
Even though Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has canceled the leagues already, they have not yet confirmed when the new transfer dates will be, Situma expects friction between clubs and players could be witnessed as it has been before.
However, Kefwa boss says they are ready to handle any case that will be forwarded to their desks by their clients.
“We have different contracts with different players and with different teams. When players come to us they bring different issues it is not all about non-payment or termination but at times it is about players who want to move while clubs insist otherwise,” Situma said.
“When we will have such cases I think we will be ready to handle them through negotiations,” he added.
Although some cases remain unresolved, Situma says they will act on them with speed once the government lifts ban on public gatherings.
“When things will re-open, it will give us that room to act upon cases that are pending. When things normalize it will help us speed in acting upon cases on our desks because it is also our pleasure to find solutions to the problems that are reported,” the former Harambee Star stated.
The two-time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) captain with Sofapaka and Tusker said that Cases of contract termination might rise this time around as players have suffered salary delays, especially the foreign players demanding due arrears before returning to the pitch.
In an earlier interview with Goal, Situma welcomed Fifa’s financial intervention that might see players get some more help as the Fifa’s relief fund to its member associations will see FKF get up to $1,500,000.
“It is a plus for the players since they have experienced salary delays due to the ongoing pandemic,” he said.
“These are men who earn their daily bread by playing and some have had their salaries cut so, I can admit it has been a very trying moment for our players indeed,” he concluded.