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Tribunal Orders Bandari Football Club to Pay Former Player Sh2M, Banned From Signing New Players

By Shadrack Nyakoe

A sports tribunal has ordered FKF Premier League side, Bandari Football Club, to pay a former player to a tune of Sh2 million after it unfairly dismissed him barely months of signing him hence placing his career in limbo.

The tribunal has further banned the club from registering new players for two consecutive registration periods in accordance with regulation 17.4 of the FIFA Regulations.

It further ordered the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) which was an interested party in the case to effect a ban on Bandari Football Club.

The orders were granted after the player filed a suit following his dismissal through city lawyer Bonface Oduor of Munyao, Simiyu, Onderi and Oduor Law advocates t/a The B-six Law advocates chambers,LLP where he raised serious concerns.

Advocate Oduor on behalf of the player told the tribunal that Bandari had blatantly violated the payers rights hence contravening both the FKF, CECAFA and FIFA laws.

He further informed the court that after his employment, the player performed his duties deligently and was not either informed why his contract was terminated, was not issued with a notice that intended to terminate the contract, was not subjected to any displinary action and was not given an opportunity to be heard.

” After about 1 year, 10 months and 6 days into employment, the respondent prematurely , untimely and arbitrary terminated the applicant’s employment contract vide letter dated 7th July,2023 to his utter shock and consternation .

The applicant avers that at the time of the termination of his contract the residential term of the said contract was 13 months and 25 days,” lawyer Odour told the court.

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He told the court that Bandari FC hold an account in garnishee herein ABSA Bank Kenya PLC, Port Branch Mombasa, being ” Account Number 0321001270,” and added that it was within the courts jurisdiction.

In court papers, advocate Oduor argued Bandari FC was aware of the contents of the judgement and obligations of the application therein.

A determination on the matter will be made on June 11, 2024.

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