There will be no more double signing starting July this year after the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) initiated measures to root out the incidents.
From the 2019/20 season that kicks off in July, all teams will be required to transact their transfer activities through the world football governing body, Fifa’s Domestic Transfer Matching System (DTMS).
The digitization of domestic transfers was actualised after a two-day workshop at the Strathmore Business School attended by officials from SportPesa Premier League (SPL) clubs, National Super League and women premier league clubs.
They were taken through the system’s fundamentals as well as the player transfer process.
“We have had cases of double signing and conflicts between clubs during transfer windows. The process has also involved a lot of paperwork,” FKF CEO Robert Muthomi said during the closing ceremony of the workshop on Tuesday.
“It is for this reason that FKF has in conjunction with Fifa invited local clubs to take them through this system, which will digitise all transfers to ensure transparency and efficiency.”
DTMS is the domestic version of the International Transfer Matching System (ITMS) that provides federation and its affiliate clubs the ability to manage national and international transfers of players.
The system, which has been integrated with the ITMS, also generates transfer activity reports and has greater monitoring capacity to enhance transparency and domestic governance.
The move is a welcome relief to players and club in the local league especially after a number of clubs have been involved in transfer tussles in the recent past. In 2017 for instance, AFC Leopards striker Vincent Oburu was suspended for six months for double signing. The youngster was found guilty of having penned a deal with Gor Mahia before crossing over to Ingwe.
Sofapaka skipper Stephen Waruru was also forced to sort his transfer saga outside court having signed with Tusker before Batoto ba Mungu lured him after quitting Ulinzi Stars in December 2017.
Lawrence Juma (Gor Mahia), Tom Adwar (Sofapaka) and James Mazembe (Kariobangi Sharks) are some of the players who have risked being banned for double signing previously.