In Summary
  • Tyron Kariuki’s move to Spain is in jeopardy!
  • Rainbow Academy in Kenya and Nastic Sports academy have failed to agree on terms.
  • Tyron was the midfield sensation in the just concluded CECAFA U18 Boys Championship

Kenyan teenage football sensation Tyron ‘Messi’ Kariuki’s move to Spain in jeopardy after Rainbow FC and Nastic Sports academy failed to agree on terms.

“I met Nastic Sports Academy representatives from Spain at Kasarani Stadium. We talked and greed on Tyron’s move, but things changed…” Stanley Okumbi, Rainbow FC CEO and Coach said.

His teammate Aldrine Kibet, the St Anthony star player is currently at Nastic Academy and is enjoying the growth and development.

Nastic Sports Academy with Sports CS Ababu Namwamba in earlier engagement- Photo Courtesy

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The Conflict obstructing Tyron’s transfer.

“They want to own Tyron at 100% while we want just 10-20% because we are a club, and we have partners involved! They then said that for us to own a percentage then we must pay the annual academy fee of Ksh1,034,844. An amount we cannot afford currently for just one player.” Stanley Okumbi, Rainbow FC Coach.

Stanley Okumbi, Rainbow FC CEO and Coach. Photo Courtesy

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Nastic Sports Academy had reached out directly to player, family and manager. They seem to have secured the players interest, bypassing Okumbi’s Rainbow FC. A move Okumbi felt was unfair and unprofessional.

“They negotiated directly to the player, parent and coach! They then gave them a letter asking them to release Tyron. The release letter can only be signed by us, the local academy and club. We cannot be the third party.” Okumbi reiterated.

However, Okumbi says they are ready to release Tryon on favorable terms having participated in his development and growth.

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In view of the player and Rainbow FC future, Okumbi believes they should maintain a percentage share. He justifies that it will be a very unfair for Tryon to grow to a big player and in a team like Barcelona while Rainbow FC get nothing in monetary terms.

“We only asked for a small stake, but they refused. Releasing him for free is tricky now and in the future.” Okumbi said.

About Tyron Kariuki

Tyron Kariuki is the 17- year- old skillful winger who captured hearts with his football skills at the just concluded CECAFA U18 Boys championships. Uganda beat Kenya to lift the trophy.

He plays for Rainbow FC at the National Super League level and for the Kenya junior team.

He lives in Nairobi and goes to school in Highway High school in Nairobi.

So, should Rainbow FC let him go for free or get a percentage from the transfer? 

Here’s his goal against Sudan at the CECAFA U18 Boys Championship



December 28, 2023

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Ghetto Radio Managing Director, a Leadership Scholar, Social enthusiast, humanity is a core pillar. Musician and music lover. I am Unbwogable!

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