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Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama while playing for Celtic in Glasgow

AFC Leopards, Mathare to miss out on Wanyama fee

Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama while playing for Celtic in Glasgow

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The two clubs have in the past laid claim on the player but according to Kenya FA only three local sides - Country Bus, JMJ and City Stars – will benefit

Mathare United and AFC Leopards will not benefit from Sh80million solidarity fees to be paid out by English side Southampton on account of midfielder Victor Wanyama.

The two clubs have in the past laid a claim on the player but according to Football Kenya Federation only three local sides - Country Bus, JMJ Academy and Nairobi City Stars - deserve to get anything.

The federation last week sent the player's passport to the English Football Association in a bid to determine which clubs ought to be paid the money and for which periods. The passport indicates that Wanyama, who was born in 1991, played for Country Bus from 2003 to 2004 as an amateur making the club eligible to receive payments for two years.

After leaving Country Bus, the passport indicates that Wanyama then moved to JMJ Academy playing as an amateur from 2005 to 2006 before joining Nairobi City Stars, where he began his professional career and stayed there for two seasons in 2007 and 2008.

Wanyama moved to Belgian side Germinal Beerschot in 2009 staying at the club for two years before signing for Scottish champions Celtic for another two years and then made his record move to Southampton in a Sh1.6billion move.

In claiming solidarity fees on the player, Mathare United showed Goal documents proving that Wanyama featured for various sides in the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) teams between 2001 and 2006.

The documents indicate that Wanyama played for MYSA Silver Stars in the Mbotela Zone from 2002 to 2003. He then joined MYSA Gunners between 2004 and 2005. In 2006, MYSA claim the player represented them in a U-20 tournament held in Moshi, Tanzania and was even given a certificate of participation.

Mathare United chairman Bob Munro has confirmed the club has put in a claim to be paid part of the solidarity fees. Despite making a claim on the player, Leopards have not shown any documents to indicate that he turned out for them.

In his letter to the English FA, Kenya  FA President Sam Nyamweya said this was the final word on who ought to be paid and to ignore any further queries effectively ending any hopes by any club from making a claim and hopefully bring to an end a long standing dispute for millions of shillings owed to local clubs.

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