EXCLUSIVE: The Celtic star reveals to Goal.com that he might skip Kenya's future matches unless the FA reimburses him KES 325,000 (USD 3,200)Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama might not turn up for future national team engagements unless he is refunded money owed to him by Football Kenya Federation (FKF).
The Scottish based midfielder incurred a bill of KES 325,000 (USD 3,200) as return air fare ahead of Kenya's friendly against South Africa in Nairobi on October 16, and now the player's family claims that FKF went back on a promise to refund the amount after the match.
"They (Kenya FA) are playing games with my children," Mildred Ayiemba, the players mother revealed to Goal.com on Wednesday.
"When Victor asked for a refund (after the SA game), the officials took him round in circles and later one administrator (name withheld) addressed him in an unproffesional manner. All the other foreign based players are given air tickets or refunded their cash promptly (during national engagements), I wonder why the federation treats my kids differently.?"
Goal.com understands that Wanyama has been provisionally selected in the Kenyan team to play Tanzania in a FIFA friendly match on November 14. When contacted, Kenya FA President Sam Nyamweya confirmed that the federation indeed owed the player the aforementioned amount.
"The agreement with the player was that we pay the money to his parents, the cheque is now ready, and his guardian should come and collect it."
This will be the second time within a year that FKF is involved in a payment dispute with a national team player.
Incidentally, the other case involved Wanyama's elder brother Macdonald Mariga, who opted out of the team's camp before Kenya's Afcon qualifier against Togo.
The player claimed the federation had failed to reimburse KES1.5 million shillings (USD 15,000) accrued after he used his own money to come for national team assignments on three occasions.