By Mercy Kibe
Two Kenya Premier League (KPL) are embroiled in a tussle over double signing of a star defender.
Kakamega Homeboyz have accused the management of AFC Leopards for signing their defender Moses Chikati before the expiry of his contract at the end of the month.
AFC Leopards is said to have signed the player in December 2018 without the knowledge of Kakamega Homeboyz management, a matter that has seen the two clubs trade barbs over the signing of the player.
The Player, Mr Chikati is said to have been signed by AFC Leopards after the later informed them that his contract was due to expire in January 2019.
Kakamega Homeboyz team manager Boniface Imbenzi blamed their Kenya Premier league counterparts AFC Leopards for rushing to finalize the deal of signing Chikati without consultation them.
“We are focused on how to improve the performance of the team which has been posting poor results and AFC Leopards is stealing our players. That’s against FIFA rules and we are not happy as a club,” said Imbenzi.
Imbenzi said the player (Chikati) is still having a running contract with the club and he is not available for signing by another club.
He said the player sneaked to Nairobi to sign another contract with AFC without their knowledge, saying that there is a procedure that is normally followed before a played is signed by another club.
The club’s chairman, Cleophas Shimanyula alias ‘Toto’ has threatened to sue AFC Leopards for signing their player without following the law.
“Chikati is still our player and we won’t hear anything like being signed by another player. We are unhappy with what happened and the management of AFC Leopards should come clean on the matter,” said Shimanyula.
Leopards have vowed to sue the Chikati for allegedly accepting a KSh200,000 signing fee only to extend his contract with the Kakamega-based side.
However, the club has been posting poor results which the management has attributed to poor officiating in both their away.
Team manager Mr Imbenzi singled out their matches against Western Stima in Kisumu, Sony Sugar at Awendo and their home match against Posta Rangers over the weekend which they lost 1-0 as some of the matches that were poorly officiated.
“It’s not only Kakamega Homeboyz matches that have been poorly officiated but other KPL teams and those in the National Super League (NSL). We want the authorities concerned to investigate the matter,” said Imbenzi.