AFC Leopards have been banned from signing players for two years, after failing to settle a foreign player’s dues.
FIFA has communicated to Football Kenya Federation (FKF), informing of the decision which takes effect on June 1st, 2021.
The 13-time FKF Premier League champions failed to pay KSh1.8 million to Rwandan midfielder Vincent Habamahoro as directed by FIFA.
“We take due note that in its correspondence, the Creditor (Habamahoro) informs us that the Debtor (AFC Leopards) has not complied with its financial obligations in accordance with the decision of FIFA,” reads a letter by FIFA to FKF.
AFC Leopards were supposed to pay the Rwandese KSh1.8 million in accrued wages, fines, and damages within 15 days after the ruling, but they defaulted.
“We wish to inform the parties that a ban from registering new players internationally has been implemented by FIFA at the beginning of the next registration period,” continues the statement.
AFC Leopards can have their suspension lifted if they settle the matter with the player. The club got into trouble for refusing to pay Habamahoro his salary for four consecutive months in 2018.
The midfielder joined AFC Leopards in June 2018 but after going for four months without pay, he opted to leave the club. Vincent Habamahoro is currently playing for Rwandan club, Kiyovu Sports Club.