In a wreck of several controversial transfer deals in the just opened football season, the football governing body, Ferwafa has issued a stern warning to football clubs to abide by the rules embodied in the transfer statute.
The warning comes at a time when several transfers have come under heavy scrutiny following moves of several players to and from different clubs.
Prominent among them is the transfer of Jean Claude Iranzi from SC Kiyovu to nine time league champions APR.
Iranzi, Kalisa Kase (Atraco), Abedi Mulenda (Atraco) and Arafat Serugendo (APR) moves have also raised question marks.
Iranzi who was recruited from SC Kiyovu by APR was claimed by Kiyovu to still have one-year left on his contract.
However according to impeccable sources Kiyovu used twist hand methods to sign the U-20 international to the two year that would see him don the green colours to 2009.
According to Ferwafa, a Rwandan player featuring in the national league is entitled to two full seasons at any club before he decides to renew or walk away from his contract.
Another source that preferred anonymity told Timesport that Kiyovu seduced the player into signing the contract on October 10/2007 with the lure of paying him his arrears for the period he had been at the club without a contract.
Iranzi moved from Kimisagara to Kiyovu two seasons ago.
According to Ferwafa rules, a junior player signs a contract in the presence of his guardian and a Ferwafa official, a rule that Kiyovu didn’t fulfill.
As way of reconciliation, Kiyovu pocketed a cool Frw.1 million for the services of their duo that moved to APR Iranzi and Ernest Kwizera.
The compensation is as a token of thankful to the club that nurtured the player’s talent.
According to Fifa rule any club that took part in the development of a player is supposed to have a given percentage of the player’s transfer dimes.
For Arafat Serugendo’s transfer, he was loaned to Mukura from Zebra two seasons ago and according to Ferwafa, no club is allowed to sell any loaned player to any club.
The transfer fee of Frw. 1.5 million which Mukura was eyeing was rather paid to Zebras instead of heading to the Southern Province giants.
While addressing rebel sports journalists under their umbrella organisation, Rwanda Independent Sport Press Network (RISPN), Ferwafa’s chief executive office Jules Kalisa said the local body would not hesitate to crack down on such dealings.
“We have been lenient with several clubs especially during the transfer period when several rules where not abided by but I think this will never be repeated again.”
“Players and clubs have tried to violate the transfer rules ahead of the start of the 2008/09 national league season and we have managed to pardon those parties and we expect this to be the last time we are doing such a thing,” Kalisa said.