Thursday, 1 November 2012

Yanga clears Njoroge`s dues

 Sofapaka defender John Njoroge  who had sued Tanzania’s  soccer Champions  Dar Young Africans(Yanga) to the world soccer body(FIFA) owing to breach of contract  has every reason to smile after the club cleared his outstanding bills.
    The utility defender demanded  Tz 17 million (Approx.US $ 11,765) after the club terminated his services without notice mid last year.  According to the club website, the Cecafa Kagame Cup Champions Young Africans (Yanga) , the club has settled outstanding money along with other players who had also sued the club.
Njoroge had taken the club to FIFA last year after they released him without compensation for premature termination of his two year contract. FIFA in turn directed that Yanga pay the player all the monies amounting to 18 Million Tanzanian Shillings (Approximately 1 Million Kenya Shillings).
“The Yanga management wishes to state that we have finished paying off our former player John Njoroge whom we owed money for breaching his contract two years ago. The management cleared the remainder of the debt yesterday (Wednesday)” said the statement on Yanga’s official website.
Yanga Secretary General Lawrence Mwalusako confirmed to the website that Njoroge’s debt had been settled.
“We had started by paying him 4 Million Shillings and yesterday we finished off paying him 14 million shillings,” Mwalusako says.
Njoroge had been snapped up by Yanga in 2008 where he signed a two year contract. After the first contract expired, Yanga added another two years to his contract but they parted ways before conclusion.
Meanwhile Nairobi City Stars Chairman Peter Jabuya  has attributed his teams dismal performance owing to the departure of speedy striker Dan Sserunkuma and other key players in the middle of the League season.
 Other key players that left the club purely ‘ naked” include Donald Mosoti,Oscar Mbugua  all to Gor Mahia and Levi Muaka who left to  Belgium unceremoniously.Also in the departing list was key striker George Odary  who went to  Juba in South Sudan after landing a lucrative job .Since then, the club according to Jabuya has been  struggling to find  their replacement
"Losing quality players  in the middle of the season was a bitter pill to  swallow.We have been struggling even without any financial backing and that hindered the team’s progress” said Jabuya.
  The former Gor Mahia secretary conceded that the club had  learned a great  lesson from the previous two seasons and are hoping to  instill proper management  in the team to avoid a situation where they find themselves fighting for survival in  the Kenya Premier league.
City Stars who  gained promotion into the top flight league as World Hope eight years ago survived relegation  on the final day of last season  and again  this year they  get themselves in the middle of another  dogfight
  He said  it was mandatory for the club in in future  to ensure they have finances to keep their best players in the  team to avoid them being snatched by other clubs.He reiterated that the club is engaged in talks with several potential sponsors
 "We really need to put up structures within the club  that will stabilize the team for years to come. That plan must forestall the departure of key players from the team and also provide a launchpad for the  future success of the club both on and off the pitch"said Jabuya
   Since  severing ties with  Ambassador  In Sports,the Kawangwrae based club have not gotten on board a sponsors.They have largely been depending on  money received from the Kenya Premier league gate collection and Supersport  live broadcasting money.
    City Stars lie  13th in the league standings four points from the drop zone currently occupied by their
 weekend opponents Rangers At the same time Jabuya has  called on the Football Kenya Federation to intervene and ensure that their player Levi Muaka did not sign for another club when he went to Europe
    Jabuya said the former international winger  who had a contract with City Stars until December next year traveled to Belgium without their  blessings and they are not sure if he is playing for another club  something that will be against Fifa Rules .
   ”We want the federation to  pursue the matter and ensure that the player did not sign for another club without our permission as he is still in our contract”he said
Muaka had been an instrumental part of the City Stars team and earned a big money move to Tusker last year but he failed to find his footing  at the Ruaraka outfit and promptly returned to captain his hometown club

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