After docking AFC Leopards three points for hooliganism earlier in the season, the Independent Disciplinary and Complains Committee (IDCC) has knocked at the den once again; this time ordering the club to pay eight dropped players Ksh 2.14 Million for wrongful dismissal.
The eight players--Solomon Nasio, Khalid Jumaan, Eugene Musilwa, Mata Clement, Kevin Aketch, Simon Shikuku, Emmanuel Onyancha and Daniel Kiptoo--were dropped by head coach Ivan Minnnaert in April 2016 who deemed them surplus to requirements at the club despite their contracts still running.
Irked by the decision, the players presented their case to Kenya Footballers Welfare Association (KEFWA) and the players body filed their case before the IDCC who made a landmark ruling in their favour.
"This being a class case it had more weight and we are glad that the IDCC made a fair ruling. This will go a long way in ensuring that clubs respect the contracts of players and we hope that tales of unprocedural dismissal of players will be a thing of the past.
"AFC Leopards have until Friday this week to have paid the Ksh 2.14 Million which is total salary arrears and we expect another ruling on Friday concerning damages to the players where we expect a total sum of Ksh 11 Million to be paid," KEFWA chairman Innocent Mutiso told Soka.
Mutiso becomes the first KEFWA chairman to successfully win a case against a top tier club in court.