CEO Robert Muthomi has sent out a reminder to clubs to affiliate with Football Kenya Federation (FKF) as well as their players to be in a position to benefit from international transfers.
This he said as he confirmed that lower tier side Liberty Sports, the club that owned Michael Olunga has received a share of Solidarity fees following the striker’s transfer to Sweden’s top tier side Djurgadens in June 2016.
Gor Mahia, Thika United and Tusker, the clubs he turned out for on loan from Liberty Sports prior to his departure for professional football have also benefited from his transfer.
“One of our priorities as an FA is to not only ensure that clubs generate income from gate collections, sponsorships and player transfers but also from unexploited revenue streams like the FIFA solidarity contribution mechanism, which allows clubs to be compensated by getting a share of an eventual transfer fee for developing players, this can be an additional revenue stream for grass-root clubs,” said FKF CEO Robert Muthomi.
“In this perspective, we have in the last six months or so engaged the Swedish FA and Olunga’s current club Djurgaardens IF, in an effort aimed at ensuring that all documented local clubs that Olunga played for and who appear in his FKF player passport benefit from the player’s transfer,” explained Muthomi.
About Solidarity Contribution
If a professional player moves before the expiry of his contract five percent of any compensation(not including money paid to his former club) shall be distributed between the clubs that have contributed to his education and training as a solidarity contribution. This contribution reflects the number of years the player was registered with the relevant club(s) between the seasons of his 12 and 23 birthdays. It is important to note that solidarity contribution does not apply to domestic transfers as stipulated in the world governing body Regulations on the Status and Transfer of players, Annex 5.