The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has warned clubs and players against participating in leagues as well as tournaments that are not sanctioned by the federation, cautioning that they will lose the privileges associated with transfer of players.
The federation’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held on Friday 6 May resolved that clubs who take part in such arrangements will not be entitled to player transfer fees whether local or international while players will only be eligible to feature in an FKF sanctioned league upon application for consideration and subsequent clearance from the federation.
The meeting also resolved that to enable tracking of a player’s movement through clubs a player’s passport will be introduced, with the preference given to FKF affiliated clubs.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) wishes to take this earliest of opportunities to state that Clubs that participate in unsanctioned leagues or tournaments will not be entitled to player development fee or transfer fee from domestic player transfer or international transfer.
In addition, a player who has played in unauthorized competition or match from 10th February 2016 shall only be eligible to play in FKF affiliated competitions once the FKF’s Leagues and Competitions Committee decides on his/her fate within 30 days after lodging an application.
The aforementioned are part of a resolution that was passed by the FKF National Executive Committee meeting held on Friday, May, 6 2016, in Nairobi.
“Teams that have participated in unsanctioned matches from 10th February 2016 shall not be entitled to development or transfer fee from domestic player transfer or international transfer,” read the resolution in part.
“In light of FKF being able to prove that a club is not an affiliated member, then the clubs share of solidarity and player development fee compensation shall be paid to the FA and used for youth development,” continued the resolution.
The meeting also agreed that FKF creates a ‘Player Passport’ to aid in tracking of players, with preference being given to FKF affiliate clubs.
“FKF will create a player passport for all players from all affiliated clubs. The document, which will contain information about all the clubs a player has played for since the age of 12, will assist clubs in tracing the sporting history of the player.
“Against that backdrop we shall therefore not indicate any unaffiliated teams/clubs in the player passport and as such those clubs will not be liable to compensation, if any. As per the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, Articles 20 and 21, and Annexes 4 and 5,” read the resolution.
For clarity unsanctioned soccer matches are those matches/tournament/leagues which are neither organized, nor sanctioned by the FKF.
Leagues/Tournaments played below the national division one are sanctioned through FKF’s affiliate Branches and ultimately through the FKF national office.
Clubs should confirm the status of would be signings through their Branch Secretaries to avoid being penalized.