Rwanda is at risk of being expelled from world of football in a dispute over alleged non-payment of salary arrears owed to former National team, Amavubi head Coach Jonathan McKinstry.
Information emerging from the local FA, Ferwafa reveals that, Fifa’s Disciplinary Committee informed the association of the impending sanctions late last month.
According to a source familiar with the case, McKinstry is owed $215,258.459 (Rwf195m, Shs805m).
Deborah Thuer, the deputy secretary to the Committee informed Ferwafa of the decision related to Rwanda’s failure to comply with a decision passed by the Single Judge of the Players’ Status Committee on April 17, 2018 on the employment-related dispute between McKinstry and Ferwafa based on article 64 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
On August 18, 2016, the Ministry of Sports and Culture and Ferwafa terminated McKinstry’s a two-year contract citing poor performance barely months after renewing his contract in March 2016.
According to media reports McKinstry on several occasions asked for the case to be settled out of court asking to be paid at least between 4-6 months of the remaining 19 months of the contract.
According to McKinstry’s proposals, the settlement would cost the Rwandan government/Ferwafa not more USD 60,000 (Rwf54,000,000).
Ferwafa remains with less than a week to finalise the payment or face heavy sanctions.
McKinstry, 33, is currently head coach at Saif Sporting Club, in Bangladesh, which signed Rwanda international Emery Bayisenge at the end of last year as a free agent.
In 2015, Fifa, have instructed Ferwafa to deduct three league points from Rayon Sports as one of the penalties for failing to pay former head coach Raoul Shungu.
Rayon Sports owed Shungu an estimated Rwf13m, approximately $18,828, accumulated during his second stint at the club in 2008. At the time, he reportedly agreed with club officials to use his own money to bring in players like Honore Kabongo, Bokota Labama, Jean Lomami and Jimmy Kidega.
Shungu is also said to have used his own money to buy logistics like balls, nets and other training kit but he had not been reimbursed at the time.
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