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The fog surrounding the issue of drafting of football contracts in Kenya is fast and steadily thinning out, especially following the industrial court’s pronouncements on the murky issue of drafting football contracts. In his ruling delivered following a dispute between a former Kenya premier league club and a professional footballer, the learned judge, in the case of Wilberforce Kilibwa vs Mumias Sugar Company Limited set out the minimum requirements with which the footballers contract should conform and the mandatory provisions that must be included therein. The court also pointed out the mandatory obligations of both the footballer and the football club under the contract.

The case of Wilberforce Kilibwa stated above was for compensation for a knee injury suffered by the claimant, a professional footballer, while playing for the respondent’s football team in a Kenya premier league football game in Mombasa in 2001. The claimant had been employed by the…

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