Kenya face Fifa ban as they default on Amrouche’s settlement

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Botswana national team coach Adel Amrouche says Football Kenya Federation (FKF) have yet again failed to pay his dues within the deadline as directed by world governing body, Fifa.

The former Harambee Stars coach told Nation Sport he was yet to receive anything from the federation.

“The federation is joking with my money. The (FKF) president (Nick Mwendwa) is playing games and there is no sign of commitment from his side. My lawyer has been handling this matter and we now wait to see what Fifa will say,” he said.

Amrouche, who led Stars to victory at the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup victory in Nairobi in 2013, has won successive cases of unlawful dismissal against FKF at Fifa’s Dispute Chambers and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

He was then awarded R18.3 million as compensation and damages in 2018 but FKF have appeared unwilling or unable to pay, even defaulting on three separate deadlines set by Fifa, with the latest being on April 24.

Kenya risks sanctions, including a ban from competing in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers if the federation fails to settle this debt as happened to Zimbabwe in 2015.

Reports are that FKF have been in touch with Amrouche, who is based in Gaborone, in the past week with a payment plan of these monies which if agreed, will help salvage the situation.

The federation reportedly owes the man who Amrouche took over from, Bobby Williamson is also owed R9.2 million after winning a similar case of unlawful dismissal at the Employment and Labour Court in Nairobi.

And Frenchman Sebastien Migne, who coached the Kenya national team at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, this week warned he will sue FKF at Fifa in July if his pending dues are not paid in full.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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