Egypt FA stop Coulibaly’s transfer to Partick Thistle
Scottish side Partick Thistle announced in a statement that the Egyptian Football Association ‘EFA’ refused to send Souleymane Coulibaly’s International Transfer Certificate ‘ITC’, thus blocking the deal.
Former Kilmarnock and Al Ahly striker is trying to return to football after his surprising departure from Al Ahly in 2017, and returned to Scotland where he made his name with Kilmarnock and signed a one-year deal with Partick Thistle.
Now, it seems that the deal will not be moving forward after the Scottish side revealed the recent request refusal from the EFA. However, the club said that they will be resorting to FIFA to find a solution to this issue.
“Despite being obliged to reply within seven days relative to a request for an ITC, the Egyptian FA has waited until the 14th day to refuse the request. As such, the Scottish FA has now asked FIFA to reject the refusal. Subsequently, the Egyptian FA has been given until Friday (21/09) to provide additional information requested by the world governing body,” the statement said.
Previous reports indicated that this move would in jeopardy due to Coulibaly’s contractual dispute with FIFA and Al Ahly. Partick Thistle confirmed in their statement that they are not obliged to make any financial outlay to the Ivorian player until his registration is approved.
“Given that the ITC would have been granted automatically after 15 days if the Egyptian FA had not responded, Souleymane is understandably once again frustrated by the whole process. Both the Club and the Scottish FA have compiled submissions to back Souleymane’s case against the refusal.
“The Club remains hopeful that a positive outcome will be achieved and will continue to update supporters on the process as and when there is any progression.”
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