Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has appealed against world football governing body, Fifa’s directive to award former Harambee Stars head coach Adel Amrouche Sh60 million for wrongful dismissal in 2014.
According to FKF president Nick Mwendwa, the federation is currently under financial strains and would not be in a position to pay Sh60 million for contractual malpractices caused by the previous regime, hence their decision to appeal against the directive at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Mwendwa revealed that they had unsuccessfully tried to re-hire Amrouche as the head coach for Stars with lucrative salary offers so that he could drop pursuant of the Sh60m but the Belgian tactician, who has not coached any team since leaving Stars in 2014, has refused the offers.
Currently Stars is coached by Stanley Okumbi in an acting capacity, after Paul Putt resigned from the position to take up the same job in Guinea. “We have decided to appeal at CAS against Fifa’s directive that the federation pay Amrouche Sh60 million for wrongful dismissal in 2014.
We don’t have that money and we have tried our best to solve the issue by offering him the Harambee Stars job twice with two different offers but he is not keen on taking the job,” Mwendwa told People Daily. He added: “At first we were offering him Sh 1 million monthly salary as the Stars coach, but he turned down the offer.
We gave him a second offer of Sh1.5 million and he still turned it down, now the only option we have is to appeal against the Fifa directive because this administration is not to blame.”
Mwendwa accused the previous administration of entering into wrong contractual agreements with the then head coaches, leaving the new office with a burden they did knew nothing about.
“CAS has already given us a three-man bench to hear the case and I am optimistic we will win it. Already, we have been forced to pay former Stars head coach Henry Michel Sh4 million for wrongful dismissal and Scottish Bobby Williamson who also had a stint with the national team has also taken the federation to the labour court demanding Sh40 million also for wrongful dismissal,” Mwendwa said.
Meanwhile, coach Okumbi yesterday called up FK Tirana’s defender Musa Mohammed to the team to replace Brian Mandela, as the team left the country for a training camp in Morocco.
Mandela got injured on Saturday while playing for his South African side Maritzburg United. While in Morocco, Stars will player international friendly build-up matches against Comoros and Central African Republic before they return on March 27.