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Sofapaka appeal IDCC Asike ruling


SOFAPAKANAIROBI, Kenya, February 26 – Sofapaka have appealed to KPL and FKF on the Independent Disciplinary and Complains Committee’s (IDCC) ruling that ordered the club to release defender Eugene Asike.

Asike who terminated his agreement at the beginning of the season citing breach of contract has been at loggerheads with his employer who refused to issue him a release letter since he has one year left at the club.

Last week IDCC found the GOtv Shield champions guilty of withholding Asike’s salary for the months of March, November and December as well as his signing on fee as per their agreement on the contract.

Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa accused IDCC of issuing biased ruling and maintained they will not released the defender on a free transfer.

“The Judgment by IDCC is rubbish and nonsense; in their ruling they did not give reasons that led to the decision. I have no debt with Asike, we have paid him all his dues.

“We are ready to take the case to FIFA if FKF and KPL ignore our appeal; this is a serious matter that I will pursue until justice is done to the club. We are in business and I’m not ready to release Asike for free, if it comes to worse I rather quit football and invest my money in other business,” Kalekwa told Capital Sport Thursday.

“It’s normal in any institution for salary to delay but Asike breached contract because he didn’t issue one month resignation notice as required. So if he is ready to pay the club the damages including the three months we paid him well and good.”

The 22-year-old had earlier taken his case to the Industrial Court of Kenya but withdrew it to allow for the KPL judicial process.

IDCC is chaired by Professor Migai Akech. Other members are Njeri Onyango, William Booker Odeny, Elijah Gitonga, Peninah Wahome and David Otieno.