Pay Amrouche in 30 days, FIFA orders Kenya
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has ordered Football Kenya Federation to pay former Harambee Stars head coach Adel Amrouche 109 Million shillings in compensation for wrongful dismissal within the next 30 days, failure to which FIFA will sanction Kenya.
In a communique signed by FIFA Disciplinary Committee chairperson Yeboah Anin, the federation has also been fined an additional four million shillings as costs sustained in connection with the arbitration procedures and costs for the FIFA Disciplinary Committee proceeding.
In a statement sent to newsrooms, FKF Secretary General Barry Otieno said that the federation will continue to engage the Kenyan government and FIFA, with a view of finding possible solutions to enable Kenya deal with the matter conclusively and without the possibility of having to be sanctioned.
“In view of the foregoing, the federation, whilst remaining optimistic continues to actively engage the government and FIFA, with a view of finding possible solutions to enable Kenya deal with the matter conclusively and without the possibility of having to be sanctioned,” Otieno said.
Otieno also said that FKF will not offer closed contracts when entering national team coaches.
“The federation in an effort aimed at preventing a re-occurrence of the aforementioned case that was occasioned by former FKF president Sam Nyamweya, has henceforth adopted a policy prohibits the hiring of national team coaches, at all levels on closed contracts,” Otieno said.
Amrouche was appointed Harambee stars head coach in February 2013 on a one-year contract. The then FKF president Nyamweya handed Amrouche an improved five-year contract effective January 2014 after Harambee Stars won the 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.
The Algerian tactician was in August 2014 Amrouche was slapped with a six match suspenion by CAF in a move that prompted the Nyamweya led administration to terminate his contract and appoint Bobby Williamson as the national team head coach. The current FKF administration has termed the termination of Amrouche’s contract un-procedural.
Amrouche filed a case at the FIFA Player Status Committee demanding compensation for wrongful dismissal in April 2016, two months after Nick Mwendwa had trounced Nyamweya at the FKF polls in February that year.
FIFA in August 2017 communicated the decision of the Players Status Committee to award Amrouche 65 Million shillings in damages for wrongful dismissal and interest that had accrued since July 2014 but he appealed the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as he was not satisfied with the amount that was awarded to him by FIFA’s Players Status Committee.
FKF also filed a petition at CAS contesting the amount awarded to Amrouche.
In its ruling, in September 2019, CAS made a ruling on the matter awarding Amrouche 109 million in compensation for wrongful dismissal.
FIFA Disciplinary Committee wrote to FKF instructing the Federation to pay the amount owed to Amrouche or risk sanctions in February this year but on March 3, 2020, FKF requested FIFA for more time to settle the payment owed to the Algerian tactician and was granted six days to settle the matter.