15-time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia is among four Kenyan clubs compensated for training striker Michael Olunga following his mega move to Chinese Super League outfit Guanzhou Hengfeng Zhicheng from Swedish side Djurgardens IF in January 2017.
Save for Liberty Sports Academy, the other three clubs namely Tusker FC, Thika United and Gor have pocketed 0.5% of the solidarity fee - approximately Kshs. 350 000 000, the amount used by the Chinese club to buy out Olunga’s three year contract in Sweden. This is exclusive of the approximate Kshs. 100 million that was shared between the player and the agents involved in the deal.
Kshs. 38 million
The three clubs, who enjoyed the services of the player for a year each have since received Kshs. 2 million each as per our sources.
Liberty, who trained the 23-year-old for six years have pocketed 2% of the amount as solidarity plus another 10% of the sell-on clause inserted when he was penning a four year deal in Djurgardens. Liberty therefore go home with approximately Kshs. 38 million in total.
“The Chinese club will pay out all the money directly rather than as is often the case among European clubs who pay in installments. The club (Liberty Sports) will not go PORTION LESS and according to our information, they are entitled to a portion of the transfer fee (10%),” read part of the statement on Swedish site FotballDirekt.
A source in Sweden has intimated to Soka that payment has already been made, “at least according to my sources the Chinese club paid everything up front."
Transfer of Players
FIFA’s Article 21 on Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players partly reads, “If a professional is transferred before the expiry of his contract, any club that has contributed to his education and training shall receive a proportion of the compensation paid to his former club (solidarity contribution).”
The clubs he has featured for are still eligible to solidarity fee should the Upper Hill School alumnus make an international transfer before he turns 24 on 26 March 2018 after which there will be nothing in place for his former clubs.