Big revolts as clubs refuse to sign Hey’s contracts

Published on 14/05/2009

By Gilbert Wandera

Harambee Stars coach Antoine Hey faces a rebellion from Premier League clubs after most of them insisted they will not sign a commitment letter he issued last week.

This development is threatening preparation for the crucial 2010 World Cup/Africa Nations Cup qualifying match against Nigeria on

June 5.

Six clubs on Wednesday rubbished Hey’s condition to sign the document.

On Tuesday Hey issued an ultimatum to Mathare United, Tusker and Thika United to sign the document by today or their players would be dropped from the national team.

But it has emerged that not just the three clubs who have declined to sign the document, but actually six clubs.

Harambee Stars coach Antoine Hey

The new move means Hey will be forced to call new players after clubs he had claimed had signed the letter denied it, insisting they were not about to do such a thing.

“Whoever says we have signed the letter is a liar. We have a copy of it and are not intending to sign it. Hey should be satisfied that he has the players in camp,” said Nairobi City Stars Secretary, Peter Jabuya.

Sofapaka chairman, Elly Kalekwa, has also denied claims by Hey that his club has signed the letter.

“The KPL Board met last week and we all agreed not to sign the letter. I cannot go behind their backs and sign it. Those claims are meant to create a rift between my club and the KPL,” said Kalekwa.

Kalekwa asked the national team technical bench to be content that clubs have accepted to release the players instead of trying to destroy the unity of KPL.

Gor Mahia secretary, Vincent Kodera, said: “We will not sign the letter because we do not want Hey to use us as a scapegoat when he fails to perform with the team.”

Two of the three clubs that Hey warned he would drop their players by today if they do not sign the letter remained categorical that they are not about to do any such thing.

Mathare United chairman, Bob Munro, said: “Like all other KPL clubs whose chairmen have not signed the document, we are not signing it.”

Monday’s deadline

Tusker chairman, Henry Emuye, while saying they would not sign the document, said certain changes were necessary before they can consider approving it.

“We cannot sign a document that does not even have a date. It smacks of sheer unprofessionalism by managers at Harambee Stars,” said Emuye.

Thika United secretary, Mike Kariuki, said they will sign the document before the deadline by Hey lapses today, but termed it as unnecessary.

“We don’t need to sign it but since they insist we will do it. To us it appears to be something more than what it looks considering that he already has the players,” said Kariuki.

Ulinzi and KCB are the only clubs who signed the commitment letter by Monday’s deadline.

Harambee Stars manager Edward Oduor claimed he had received assurances from Sofapaka, Tusker, Gor Mahia, Thika United and Nairobi City Stars that they would sign the document.

“We have those signed by KCB and Ulinzi. The other clubs have indicated that they are bringing them before today’s deadline,” he claimed.

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