AFC Leopards to seek legal redress over Kisuya's move to Beerschot

Oct 13, 2011

Harmbee stars full back Collins Kisuya's controversial move to Belgian side Germinal  Beerschot has taken a new twist withh AFC Leopards saying that it has instructed an international reputable lawyer to take up the case.

"We have contacted FIFA over the matter and instructed  an international lawyer to take up the case", club chairman Alex ole Magelo said on Thursday.

Magelo pointed an accusing finger at JMJ Academy for brokering the deal without the club's consent insisting that the former Ulinzi Stars player has a two year contract with Leopards.

"It is  our wish to see our players land better deals abroad. We will support and encourage  them towards that end but they must follow the rules of engagement", he said.

News of Kisuya's controversial move to Europe broke on Monday shortly after Harambee Stars arrived from Kampala where they played against the Uganda Cranes in an Africa Cup of Nation's final Group J match.

Kisuya, who joined Leopards from Ulinzi during the mid-season transfer window in June, was an unused substitute in the Uganda match.

The club chairman said that they have sent a copy of the player's contract to the Belgian club as proof his current terms with Leopards.

The Belgian club however which is based in Antwerp stated on its website that the only delay in signing the 22 year old was over his travelling documents with no mention of the irregular transfer.

"It was initially unclear whether we need a visa or work permit,"Carlo Vanderkerhof, co-owner of JMJ Football school in Nairobi where the footballer honed his career.

Magelo also put Football Kenya Limited (FKL) on the firing line for their alleged involvement in the player's move. "Our suspicion is that FKL issued the player with an International  Transfer  Certificate(ICT)  without our knowledge to facilitate his departure", he said.

He was however quick to clarify that as a club it is not Leopards' ntention to stand on the way of players seeking professional careers abroad, only that proper procedures must be followed.

Kisuya first went for trials at Beerschot B team in 2007 when he was only 18 alongside Kenyan international Victor Mugubi who was the only one offered a contract then.The player who will don the number 19 shirt at the club has signed an initial one year contract after passing his medical test.

Meanwhile, AFC Leopards head coach Jan Kopps said the player's departure will not affect his team since he has players who can easily fit in the position.

 

Nesta Kizito 

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