AFC Leopards face relegation over former coach’s dues

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Former AFC Leopards coach Marko Vasiljevic PHOTO/ COURTESY

NAIROBI – World football governing body FIFA has threatened to relegate AFC Leapords from the Kenya Premier League after the team failed to pay former coach Marko Vasilijevic his outstanding dues.

FIFA also slapped the team with a Ksh120,000 fine for continuously defaulting of the former coach’s payment.

Documents show Kenya’s Leopards owe the Serbian coach Sh360,000 in salary arrears and match-winning bonuses, which the club failed to pay in over two years.

In the communique dated May 26, 2021, Fifa granted Leopards a final 30 days deadline to settle the debt or they are dropped from Football Kenya Federation (FKF) premier league.

Fifa also threatened a transfer ban on the club until they paid the amount due.

“Upon the expiry of the aforementioned final deadline and in the event of persistent failure or default to comply in full with the decision within the period stipulated, a transfer ban will be pronounced until the amount due is paid.”

“In addition, deduction of points or relegation to a lower division may also be ordered in relation to a transfer ban.”

Vasilijevic is reported to have left Leopards via mutual consent in 2019 after a string of poor results as head coach serving for only three months.

Ingwe also owe former coaches Andre Cassa Mbungo and Ivan Minnaert Sh7 million in total in salary arrears.

The club is also supposed to pay former player Vincent Habamahoro Sh1.8 million

In response, Leopards have asked for a reprieve from FIFA as the club was facing hard financial times.


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