THE world football governing body, FIFA, has refused to endorse the transfer of Rwandan player Kabange Twite to Mainland Premier League club Yanga from Congolese side, FC Lupopo.
Kabange joined Yanga during the mini-transfer window after agreeing a two-year deal with the club, linking up with his twin brother Mbuyu Twite.
However, the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) refused to ratify his move upon learning that there was no formal agreement between Yanga and his parent club, Lupopo.
TFF said the move required the green light from world football's governing body and they released a statement saying FIFA has decided not to rubber-stamp the deal for the former APR midfielder. With December 15 the deadline for international transfers, TFF said the Congolese-born midfielder will not be allowed to represent his new club in league matches this season.
According to TFF, FIFA made the verdict after analyzing documents submitted by Yanga through the Transfer Matching System (TMS), in which the international body noticed flaws on the paperwork, including Kabange's contract with Yanga and the loan agreement between the two clubs.
The news comes as a huge blow for the Premier League leaders, whose head coach Ernie Brandts, who worked with Kabange at APR previously, holds the combative midfielder in high regards. "Kabange is a good player who I know from my days in Rwanda with APR, it is good to have him here," Brandts spoke of the player adding:
"Kabange is a fighter and has the ability to play all the positions save for goalkeeping so we got a good signing but also his discipline can help the team." The FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS) is an online system that makes international transfers of players between clubs quicker, smoother and more transparent.
Introduced in February of 2008 with a test phase, the system is now used for all international football transfers in all 208 FIFA member associations and by over 4600 clubs worldwide. The process for a transfer in TMS is a simple one, and modernises and streamlines the old paper-based method.
Both clubs involved in the transfer of a player are required to enter identical information. If there is any variation in the information on either side, the transfer will be blocked and, as a result, the required International Transfer Certificate (ITC) cannot be issued until the discrepancy is resolved.
The transfer details required in TMS include identification information on the player to be transferred, club details, all payments (including the amount, timing and bank details). All the details provided must also be backed up by evidence such as uploaded copies of the player's identification documents, his new employment contract and the transfer contract between his former and future clubs.