Several Kenyan clubs are holding their breath in great anticipation hoping to benefit financially if Kenyan midfield star Victor Wanyama does eventually make a move to the English Premier League when the transfer window closes this week.
The midfielder has been valued at Sh1.4billion by both Manchester United and Arsenal, who are expected to make a bid for his signature.
The Kenyan clubs want a share of the money in terms of development fee since he turned out for them at various points in his career. The development fee is paid out until a player turns 23. Independent estimates put the development fee due to Wanyama at Sh280million.
There seems to be disagreement on which Kenyan clubs should earn a share of the development fee as so far, atleast five teams are lining up to benefit from the windfall.
They include Nairobi City Stars, AFC Leopards, JMJ Academy and lower Division side Country Bus. According to Nairobi City Stars chairman Peter Jabuya, they are expecting at least Sh28million if Wanyama does eventually moved to the premiership.
“When Wanyama moved to Celtic we were paid Sh500, 000 after we lodged a claim and we expect that it will be the same this time around. We have all the necessary documents to back our claim and remain confident that it will go well with us,” Jabuya exclusively told Goal.com.
JMJ Academy chairman Jean Marie insists he is the rightful person to get the money. “We signed him and took him to Belgium but it is unfortunate that we never got anything when he moved to Celtic.”
“This time however, we are not taking any chances and have already lodged our papers with Football Kenya Federation (FKF) as a back up for any claim we may want to lodge.”
AFC Leopards Secretary General Winstone Kituyi said they also have a claim and insists they had a contract with the player before he moved to City Stars.
The claim by Country Bus a Nairobi Provincial Division One side is reportedly being pushed by Wanyama’s father Noah Wanyama.
Kenya FA President Sam Nyamweya said he is aware of the claims by all local clubs but insists that only those with genuine contracts will have a share of the money.
“We have seen some claims here but not everyone has the right documentation. We will suggest that anyone who is to be paid part of the money must prove they they deserve it.”