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Fifa lifts transfer ban on Wazito

Fifa has cleared Wazito FC to bring in new players ahead of the 2021/2022 Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League season.

The top-flight club confirmed the news on its social media pages.

 

Nairobi News understands the lifting of this ban comes after the club, owned by businessman Ricardo Badoer, cleared outstanding dues owed to its former players as outlined by football’s world governing body.

The players include Ghanaian forward Paul Acquah, Ugandan Mansoor Safi Agu, Togolese defender Issofou Bourhana, Liberian Augustine Otu, and DRC forward Piscas Muhindo.

Fifa had earlier ruled that the club did not follow due procedure while dismissing these players. The Zurich-based body also announced a compensation package worth in excess of Sh5 million.

The lifting of this ban will come as news to coach Francis Kimanzi who is now expected to bolster his squad ahead of the league season after the club finished ninth last term.

AFC Leopards are the other Kenyan club barred by Fifa from signing players owing to a pay dispute with its former players and coaches.