Tunisian club officials negotiate payment schedule for Kotoko player

Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Tunisian club CS Sfaxien have agreed on a flexible payment plan with respect to the settlement of the International Transfer Certificate (ICT) of Kotoko’s Stephen Nyarko.
Nyarko was transferred to CS Sfaxien in September last year, but the club defaulted in the payment of its ITC fee of $100, 000.  The said amount was to double in interest this year – compelling Kotoko to report the club to FIFA.
As Kotoko were contemplating on the next line of action, officials of Sfaxien led by the club’s General Manager Yassin Ben Taher and Lawyer Sami Boussassar arrived in the country last week to meet the Ghanaian club to carve out the terms of payment.
Kotoko’s representation was led by its legal representative, Offside Consult – acting per its Chief Executive Ashford Tettey Oku, with support from management member, Thomas Boakye Agyeman.
Sfaxien are currently spooling under a series of FIFA sanctions, including a transfer ban for two windows.
Thus, upon getting wind of fresh moves by Offside Consult – on the instructions of Kotoko, to initiate action against them, the new CS Sfaxien administration under business man, President Moncef Khemakhem discreetly decided to make the journey to Ghana – to avert further FIFA sanctions.
Indeed, the case was scheduled for judgment last Wednesday by a three-member FIFA Disciplinary Committee panel chaired by Raymond Hack of South Africa.
At the end of the two-day negotiations, some of the key decisions agreed upon were flexible schedule to enable Sfaxien complete payment not later than December 15, 2017; the protection of Kotoko’s rights to the effect that the case before FIFA will run its full course, and the execution of the anticipated decision from FIFA will be managed in such a way that the objective of getting Kotoko paid by the deadline was achieved.
If that failed,  Sfaxien will be condemned to face the dreaded sanctions, upon request by Kotoko, to FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee.
It was also agreed that after clearing this hurdle, the two clubs will explore the possibility of establishing bilateral relationship, key amongst which shall be the institution of an annual pre-season exchange programme, the use of each other’s base to prepare for competitions whenever they had opponents from across the respective geographical zones, among others.
The deal was akin to a similar one brokered in 2000 by former Ghana Football Association (GFA) chairman, Nana Sam Brew-Butler, for Accra Hearts of oak to have a week’s preparation at Osman Arab Contractors in Egypt, ahead of the successful raid into Tunis against Club Esperance.
Mr. Tettey Oku was optimistic that Sfaxien was going to honour its obligations, this time around.

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