Former Sofapaka Coach Sam Timbe has dragged the club to the FIFA court over non-payment.
The soft spoken four time CECAFA Kagame Cup winner currently at Uganda’s Police FC handled the Kenyan side for two years between August 2013 and August 2015 when he refused to renew his stay.
In a letter dated December 16, 2015; addressed to The Chairman Players’ Status Committee Department of Players’ Status and Governance Federation of International Football Associations and signed by his personal manager Muhammad M Dhakaba, Timbe states that the club owned by Congolese born Elly Kalekwa owes him $ 15000 (Ugx. 51 million) in salaries and an extra $ 5,000 (Ugx. 17 million) as part of the sign on fees.
“We, seek to interest your office in a matter where Sofapaka FC – one of the football clubs featuring in the Kenya Premier League (KPL) hired Mr Timbe in August 2013, on a two-year term, to guide the same club, as head coach, in various competitions, within and outside Kenya,” read the letter in parts.
However, as the agreed upon term came to an end on August 27, 2015, Sofapaka had not paid Mr Timbe his salary for three months, dating to June, 2015. Mr Timbe was entitled to a monthly pay of $5,000 (Us dollars), which makes a total of $15,000. In addition, the club owes Mr Timbe $5,000, which money is a balance on an agreed upon signing fee, bringing the total to $20,000, which figure is acknowledged by both parties, as Sofapaka proved on a communication dated October 23, 2015 to the Kenyan FA, in respect of the same issue.
Though Sofapaka admits the debt, Timbe reveals that all efforts to amicably pay him have not yielded fruits the reason he seeks FIFA intervention.
However, much as the Sofapaka Management acknowledges the said debt to Mr Timbe, every humanely efforts to have it cleared through mutual understandings, have yielded no tangible result. It’s upon the above background that we, kindly, seek your intervention, to particularly compel the Sofapaka Management to pay Mr Timbe as follows; a) Salary arrears amounting to his $15,000 b) Balance on the signing fee, totaling to $5,000 c) Costs related to this particular issue. d) And General Damages related to this particular issue.
In conclusion to the letter, the ex-SC Villa, Atraco and Young Africans Coach believes FIFA, as custodians of fair play will ensure the ex-Kenya champions pay their obligations.
We are confident, that as the custodian of the principles of fair play, it would be easier to call the Management of Sofapaka, to order.
The letter is copied to Sofapaka FC, FUFA, FKF, CECAFA Secretariat and CAF among others.
It should be noted that Sofapaka has been engraved in financial constraints since the start of the year with a number of players quitting the club over non-payment.
Among them is ex-KCCA striker Herman Wasswa who left the club three months into his contract and also took his matter to the World’s governing body.
How this will be resolved remains a mystery but as usual, we shall keep you posted.