Players’ body seek to help Olando who is detained by US immigration officials

Thursday, June 11th, 2020 00:00 |
Harambee Stars and Tusker midfielder Crispin Olando.

Following reports of the arrest and detention of former national team Harambee Stars and Tusker midfielder Crispin Olando in the USA over illegal immigration, the local footballers association has vowed to seek solutions and see that he is set free.

The 32-year-old player who left for North America in January 2013 was reportedly being held at Jackson Parish Correctional Center 327 industrial drive Jonesboro in Louisiana.

He has been at the facility since March 18, 2020 when he was arrested and denied bond by the authorities.

Olando who started his active career at Thika United had unsuccessful trials with teams’ like Vancouver Whitecaps and Houston Dynamo before featuring for lower tier teams in the USA.

Kenya Footballers Welfare Association Secretary General Jerry Santo has hinted at involving FIFPro and the US Professional players Association to seek answers.

“Firstly this is an extremely sensitive case but at the same time it lacks clarity. We need to find out the real reasons behind Olando’s detention and then subsequently begin a course of action.

One of the options on the table is to try and ask assistance from FIFPro if at all he was enlisted as a member in the USA.

Kefwa will also try and get word from some of his close family members to get a proper picture because something does not add up considering US has visa policy for people and for his case I would think the multiple visa entry rule applies which is five years with possible extension.

It makes it hard because we have not been in touch with him for so long and thus it is tricky but before we engage immigration officials we have to satisfy all avenues within range,” he told People Sport.

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