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Leopards, Rayon Sport fight for player’s signature

AFC Leopards are considering constituting legal action against Rwandan club Rayon Sport for the botched transfer of Malian forward Ismailia Diarra.

The player was set for a switch to the Kenyan Premier League side this week upon the expiry of his contract with the Rwandan side after signing a pre-contract agreement with Leopards on July 2nd.

This transfer seems to have however fallen through after Rayon announced through its secretary Oliver Gakwaya early this week that the player had extended his contract with the club for another year.

The new development has left Leopards secretary Asava Kadima fuming.


“We have done everything as per the regulations with Rayon, the Rwanda FA and the player to complete this transfer, all of which is on record,” Kadima said on SuperSport’s Simba Super Soccer weekly show on Thursday night.

“We therefore have no choice other than to protest this unsporting behavior and thus we will be seeking justice from Fifa.”

Leopards who are currently placed 12th on the KPL standings, was keen to reunite Diarra with coach Ivan Minnaert.

The duo worked together in Mali and Rwanda and the Belgian tactician was keen on bringing the player to the Leopards’ den.