Avire Saga: Sofapaka President Welcomes Back Striker With Open Arms

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Sofapaka FC Striker John Avire Celebrates After Scoring in a Past Match//Photo Courtsy of Goal.com

They say that Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.

Sofapaka FC’s John Avire seem to have finally realized his mistakes and has even apologized to his club through President Elly Kalekwa.

Kalekwa has confirmed he had a word with Avire regarding his alleged transfer to an unknown club in Egypt.

According to Kalekwa, Avire is sorry and has already explained everything to him. The Sofapaka President has said that Avire has been forgiven while at the same time blaming his (Avire) handlers for misadvising him.

“Avire spoke to me earlier in the week and explained everything. He should not have tried to engineer a move away, knowing too well he is bound by a contract here,” Said Kalekwa as quoted by Soka.co.ke

“It was a moment of naivety from him and he has apologised. All is fine now; that is in the past and we are ready to start on a clean slate. He is still a small boy and those people took advantage of it to advise him wrongfully. As leaders we have a responsibility to guide players well,” he added.

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Sofapaka President Elly Kalekwa//Photo Courtesy

Kalekwa has insisted that Avire has a future with Sofapaka and given his quality, his place is guaranteed.

He has however stated that should he wish to depart Batoto Ba Mungu, the correct procedure must be followed.

Asked whether he has had a word with the said Egyptian Club Avire was planning to shift base to, Kalekwa confirmed that he hasn’t.

“His place at Sofapaka is guaranteed as long as he has a running contract with us, because we all know Avire is a good player. However, if he wants to leave, we will allow him as long as we talk with the buying club that reaches our valuation of the player and in consideration of his contract,” Said Kalekwa.

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FKF CEO Robert Muthomi Stepped Aside to Give Room For Investigations into the Avire Transfer Saga//Photo by FKF

The Avire transfer saga has seen Football Kenya Federation CEO Robert Muthomi step aside with his place taken by Head of Communications and Marketing, Barry Otieno who will play an acting role at the Federation.

Sunday saw Muthomi step aside to allow room for investigations over grave allegations labeled against him with regards to the transfer of Avire.

Muthomi was alleged to have been engineering a move for Avire to a Club in Egypt and had even helped the foward get a Visa to travel to the Arab Nation to commence transfer talks with an unknown club. This is contrary to the rules and regulations of FIFA.

Muthomi sensationally denied the allegations and welcomed thorough investigations into the same.

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John Avire During Harambee Stars Training Session in Egypt//Photo by Sportspuff

An alumnus of Nyandarua’s Passenga High School, Avire began his career with Thika United youth team before moving to Bandari in 2016. He was loaned out to Kakamega Homeboyz in January 2017 but lasted for just six months before returning to his parent club. Lack of playtime at Bandari saw him move to Mt. Kenya United in June 2018. After five months with Mt. Kenya United, he joined Sofapaka in November 2018.

He was also part of the Harambee Stars Squad that took part in the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and made two appearances.