“Isuza was still our player, Wazito blundered and they know it very well!” Confidently said our source.
After seasons with Kenya Premier League’s second most successful side, AFC Leopards, Midfielder Wyvonne Isuza finally found it wise to announce his big exit from the ‘Leopards Den’ to the KPL ‘monied’ Wazito Football Club, who are currently struggling to pick themselves up after a shoddy first half to the season.
The former Mathare United midfielder’s departure was quite expected by all ‘Ingwe’ diehards, it was, in fact, a matter of when as opposed to if, given AFC’s current financial challenges.
It now emerges that while Isuza had duly written to his club, AFC Leopards, formally expressing his reasons for wanting out, they (Wazito FC) went ahead to sign and unveil the player before his termination notice elapsed.
Wazito FC’s new office, led by its former Captain Gicheru, finds itself in a tight spot, over something they could have easily avoided, had their decision making not been erratic.
Technically, therefore, Wazito’s blunder makes them liable for player tapping, a crime the bonafide owners of Isuza’s services, AFC Leopards, has since informed them of, in writing, and copied both the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and Football Kenya Federation (FKF).
It is the above communication that has prompted Wazito FC to consider negotiating with Leopards. While rumours are rife that AFC Leopards asked for Ksh 2M to let go of the midfielder, reliable sources from both parties revealed that Leopards asked for Ksh 1.5M, but later came down to about Ksh 750,0000, a figure the Wazito FC negotiators claimed was on the higher side.
They have since offered Ksh. 500,000, but negotiations are still on.
We await to see how cheap or expensive Wazito’s error was, or how reasonable or unreasonable the AFC Leopards will be on the negotiating table, given that they have no financial muscle to keep Isuza under their stable for long.