Kenyan international Michael Olunga’s move to Swedish top flight side Djugardens IF has come as a blessing to three Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clubs as well as a lower tier side after the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) confirmed receiving the disbursement of his Solidarity Fees from the club.
Thika United, Tusker FC and his most recent club in the top flight, champions Gor Mahia as well as Liberty Sports Academy FC will share the amount paid up by the Swedish side.
The FKF however did not disclose the full amount paid by the Swedish club
“One of our priorities as an FA is to not only ensure that clubs generate income from gate collections, sponsorships and player transfers but also from unexploited revenue streams like the FIFA solidarity contribution mechanism, which allows clubs to be compensated by getting a share of an eventual transfer fee for developing players, this can be an additional revenue stream for grass-root clubs,” said FKF CEO Robert Muthomi.
“In this perspective, we have in the last six months or so engaged the Swedish FA and Olunga’s current club Djurgaardens IF, in an effort aimed at ensuring that all documented local clubs that Olunga played for and who appear in his FKF player passport benefit from the player’s transfer,” explained Muthomi.
The FKF CEO also pointed out that he was not at liberty to discuss how much each club got from the solidarity payments saying “It is the prerogative of clubs to disclose how much they get from transfer related deals.”
Earlier, the CEO had advised grass-root clubs to not only affiliate with the federation but also register their players with FKF so as to benefit from FIFA Training compensation or Solidarity contribution should their players venture abroad.