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Miller wishes Boakai well, but promises FCE “won’t stop till we get” fees


FC Edmonton Coach Colin Miller wishes Hanson Boakai success as the former Eddie looks to move across the ocean. But he hinted that FCE will make sure that the club looks after its own interests when it comes to collecting fees for developing the teenager.

Boakai became the youngest-ever player to enter the field for an NASL game back in 2013, and has been a key part of Canada’s U-17 and U-20 sides. Now 19 and out of contract, he and his agent chose not to accept an offer from FCE. Boakai has been linked to a move to Croatian side Hajduk Split.

Boakai was with FCE’s first team from 2013-2015, scoring one NASL and playing a total of 651 minutes. But he’s likely best known to Canadian soccer followers for a series of wonderful performances against the Ottawa Fury and Montreal Impact in the 2014 Amway Canadian Championship.

Even though Boakai is a free agent, Miller made it clear that he believes FCE would be owed developmental fees by Hajduk Split because the player rose from the club’s academy ranks.

“Hanson was free to do what he did,” said Miller. “He was terrific for us. He’s decided to move on, the club had made a terrific offer for him to stay. He’s gone from us and we wish him well. He’s come through our academy and we’re after our fee and we won’t stop till we get it, simple as that.”

When pressed if there have been any issues in terms of getting Hajduk Split to agree to pay the fees, Miller declined to comment further on the matter.

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  1. soccerfan

    February 11, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Nice breakdown, I seriously doubt FC Edmonton has the resources to pursue legal discourse if Split chooses to do nothing.

    • Nathan

      February 12, 2016 at 8:55 am

      Have to disagree there. Fath MUST include a lawyer in his payroll with such a large group of companies. While that laywer might not have sport law experience, I would expect them to have a connection to someone that would. And with the 90,000 Euro number that was thrown out on the V Forum, I’d expect FCEd to seriously chase it.

  2. Eddie

    February 11, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Correct, the Eddies are due training compensation $ and good on them for pressing the matter.

  3. soccerfan

    February 10, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    I was talking to my friend, (a lawyer), and he said unless FC and Split have had some type of prior contract or a stipulation among the two domestic leagues, Miller doesn’t have a leg to stand on. Obviously, you have not provided the extent of the details or conversation that have occurred but Hajduk Split should tell Miller to hit the road.

    Steve, unless, you have other insight to provide? Kind of arrogant on FC ‘s behalf.

    • Steven Sandor

      February 10, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      I think you need to look back at the Tosaint Ricketts case. Remember that his club was found in Romania was found to have breached his contract and by his understanding he was a free agent. He was set to sign with a German club, but he couldn’t get his ITC. Even though he was contract free, the Romanian federation would not release his ITC. Without an ITC, you can’t move. It is the most important piece of paper a soccer player has, and without it, he basically does not exist. And, a national federation – as we saw in the Romanian case — can sit on the ITC. It can refuse to release it. In the end, the German club had no stomach for a legal battle.

      And it could be the same with Hajduk; the club is almost broke. In a bluffing game, would it want to spend the legal fees needed to fight — all for a player earmarked for the second team?

      • Steven Sandor

        February 10, 2016 at 9:53 pm

        And, training compensation is governed by FIFA, not by agreements between national associations.
        Training compensation is due when:
        i. a player is registered for the first time as a professional; or
        ii. a professional is transferred between clubs of two different associations (whether during or at the end of his contract)
        before the end of the season of his 23rd birthday.
        So, even though Boakai was at the end of his contract, because he left a CSA club for a Croatian club and he isn’t 23 yet, the FIFA rules look to indicate that a payment needs to be made.

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