Two weeks after they were left out of Sh80 million solidarity fee courtesy of Wanyama’s move to Saints, Ingwe reveal they have asked lawyers to chase matter
Kenyan Premier League side AFC Leopards will pursue compensation claims on Victor Wanyama’s move to English side Southampton.
The club’s acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Richard Ekhalie says they have asked their lawyers to pursue the matter two weeks after the club was left out of the Sh80million solidarity fees.
Ekhalie speaking during a strategic meeting on Saturday to map out the club’s plans for the next five years said they are not giving up on the Sh8million they expect to receive on the Wanyama deal.
“As one way of raising funds for the club, we will continue to pursue compensation due to us on player transfers and Wanyama’s is one of them. We also want to be paid on the move of David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng, who was our player before moving to Saudi Arabia,” Ekhalie told Goal.
Apart from Leopards, another club that was left out of the Wanyama compensation are Mathare United. According to Football Kenya Federation, only three local sides Country Bus, JMJ Academy and Nairobi City Stars deserve to get anything from Wanyama deal.
The federation two weeks ago 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 moving to Celtic in Scotland for another two years and then made his record move to Southampton in a Sh1.6billion move.