Following Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa accusing Football Kenya Federation CEO, Robert Muthomi of player tapping, FKF has responded by stating they have launched an investigation into the matter.
The player in question is John Avire who failed to turn up for pre-season training despite being still contracted to Sofapaka, and according to a letter signed by FKF CEO Mr. Robert Muthomi, requested the player and Augustine Ramaita to be granted entry to Egypt to watch the remaining African Cup of Nations games.
According to various sources the CEO has been involved in the transfer of Avire to unnamed Egyptian club but Mr. Muthomi has since denied being involved in the matter.
FKF Statement on Avire
"We wish to state that we have received a complaint from Sofapaka FC, in regard to striker John Avire’s intended move to an undisclosed club in Egypt, despite having a running contract with the Kenyan Premier League club.
"Further, we have also noted with great concern, allegations therein touching on the office of the FKF CEO Mr. Robert Muthomi, in regard to the purported move and have since launched internal investigations to look into the same, with a view of ensuring there is justice and fairness for all.
"Any person found culpable will be held responsible, in accordance with the FKF disciplinary code. Most importantly, for avoidance of doubt and for the good of the game, we wish to reiterate that John Avire remains a Sofapaka FC player with a valid contract running till December 31, 2020.
"Additionally, any transfer of and/or by the player will be contrary to both the FIFA and FKF Statutes, as the player has both not been issued with an ITC by the federation and/or released by the club, as is required by law.
"FKF remains impartial in this sensitive matter and is according it the seriousness that it deserves."