Kenyan Premier League giants AFC Leopards has accused Zambia Super League side Lusaka Dynamos for tapping their player Duncan Otieno.
Otieno is reported to have signed for the Zambian side last week despite joining Leopards in the just-closed Football Kenya Federation window.
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In a statement, AFC Leopards noted that they had signed the player as a free agent after he left Nkana in the past season and handed him a two-year deal and his proposed move to Lusaka Dynamos has been ratified by the club.
The club further stated that the move by the player has forced them to report Lusaka Dynamos to FIFA for player tapping.
The statement in Full
“There are reports in certain sections of media wherein certain doubts have been raised regarding the status of our player Duncan Otieno.
“This press note is being issued to clarify those doubts about the player’s status.
“With a view to reinforcing our team; we procedurally contracted Duncan Otieno to once again play for us upon expiry of his contract with Nkana FC of Zambia that ended on 31st October 2020. The player was glad to re-join us and hence signed up to be in “The Den” for the next two years beginning with the forthcoming 2020-2021 season. Correspondingly, all processes required and documentation was done in the TMS to firm up this agreement. However, the player was unsettled by the agent who notified him of another offer and opted to pursue it despite having already entered into a contract with the Club.
“Later, according to unsettling media reports, it emerged that the player and his agent have signed with Lusaka Dynamos. This step is unprocedural as we have had no contact with the Zambian club concerning their desire to sign the player. If indeed this is the case, then Lusaka Dynamos and the player are in breach of FIFA transfer rules and hence should be ready for the consequences.
Accordingly, the National Executive Committee has deliberated to have appropriate lawful action initiated to settle this situation by moving to report the matter to FIFA for player tapping and double signing.”
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