Football Kenya Federation is in receipt of a communique from FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee directing that former Harambee Stars Head Coach Adel Amrouche be paid KES 109 Million in compensation, for wrongful dismissal.
The Communication, signed by FIFA Disciplinary Committee chairperson Yeboah Anin, additionally directs that the payment to Mr. Amrouche be made within the next 30 days, failure to which FIFA will sanction Kenya.
The federation has also been fined an additional KES 4 million as costs sustained in connection with the arbitration procedures and costs for the FIFA Disciplinary Committee proceeding.
In view of the foregoing, the federation, whilst remaining optimistic continues to actively engage both 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.
Essentially, 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.
Facts on the Compensation Case
1. February 2013: FKF, under Sam Nyamweya, appoints Mr. Adel Amrouche as Harambee Stars coach on a one-year contract
2. December 2013: FKF, under Sam Nyamweya, hands Mr. Adel Amrouche an improved 5-year contract effective January 2014 after Harambee Stars won the 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup
3. August 2014: FKF, under Sam Nyamweya, unprocedurally terminates Mr. Adel Amrouche’s contract after he was suspended by CAF
4. August 2014: FKF, under Sam Nyamweya, appoints Mr. Bobby Williamson to replace Mr. Amrouche
5. February 2016: Nick Mwendwa is elected FKF President. CAF also lifts Mr. Adel Amrouche’s six match ban
6. March 2016: Both Mr. Amrouche and Mr. Williamson claim to have running contracts with FKF. (Amrouche – 5 Years/Bobby – Open Contract)
7. April 2016: Mr. Amrouche files a case at the FIFA Player Status Committee demanding compensation for wrongful dismissal
8. August 2017: FIFA communicates the decision of the Players Status Committee to award Mr. Amrouche KES 65 Million plus interest that had accrued since July 2014
9. September 2017: Mr. Amrouche appeals to 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 files a petition at CAS contesting the amount awarded to Amrouche
10. September 2019: CAS makes a ruling on the matter, awarding Mr. Amrouche KES 108,194,863 in compensation for wrongful dismissal.
11. December 2019: CAS directs FKF to pay Mr. Amrouche a further KES 1,181,511, bringing the whole amount to a total of KES 109,376,374
12. February 28, 2020: FIFA Disciplinary Committee writes to FKF instructing the Federation to pay the amount owed to Mr. Amrouche or risk sanctions
13. March 3, 2020: FKF requests FIFA for more time to settle the payment owed to Mr. Amrouche
14. March 5, 2020: FIFA informs FKF that they have been granted 6 days to complete the payment
15. March 24, 2020: FIFA Disciplinary Committee directs FKF to pay within 30 days or risk sanctions, amongst others, expulsion from FIFA competitions. FKF is also fined KES 3,243,241