Sofapaka vows not to abandon the Avire’s case

  • The president of Sofapaka FC, Elly Kalekwa will not give up on his quest to get fairness and justice for Avire’s controversial move to Tanta FC in Egypt.
John Avire

John Avire is alleged to have gone to Egypt without permission in August last year despite having a running contract with Sofapaka FC.

As a result, Sofapaka FC who won the 2009 Kenyan Premier League engaged Football Kenyan Federation to block the transfer. FKF declined the issuance of a compulsory International Transfer Certificate.

Kalekwa said that he is not going to retract his stance and watch the Egyptian Premier League club enjoying the services of his player. He further added that Tanta FC had intentionally delayed negotiations hoping that Avire will be a free agent once his contract with Sofapaka comes to an end in December.

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Besides, Kalekwa also stated that Tanta FC had confiscated Avire’s passport making him miss the Harambee Stars camp in Alexandria for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt.

Sofapaka’s boss has vowed that he will not relent until the actual transfer procedures are followed.

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“We are aware that they are buying time for his contract to expire in December but the Fifa statutes are clear. I understand they took his passport thus he cannot travel. We ask them to respect the procedures set for the transfer of players and his contract,” he said

“The boy is spoiling his CV and he should request Tanta to release him. Fifa has been watching the matter closely and we believe they will help us unlock the stalemate since the player is our property. They have been advocating for us to reach a consensus but Tanta are not cooperating while language is a challenge too,” he added.

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