By MANDLA NYAMAZANA
Harare: ZIMBABWE Premier Soccer League chairman Farai Jere says they will not be intimidated by Dynamos’s big brother mentality over the compensation of players whose contracts expired at thr end of December 2020.
The PSL board of governors made a resolution at their annual general meeting in Harare two weeks ago that all player contracts tha ran out at the end of 2020 should be rolled over by a year.
The clubs premised their arguement on the pronouncement by the Zimbabwe Football Association that clubs can carry forward player contracts that expired at the end of last year since there was no football being played but clubs were honouring the contractual obligations paying players.
However Dynamos have become the first club to pour water on the PSL resolution saying it was only a verbal agreement without a legal binding.
“We also took care of players in 2020 who did not play a single match for us. We paid sign-on fees and salaries for the whole year but when some of the players indicated that they wanted to move elsewhere, we cleared them because their contracts had expired,” said Dynamos chairman Isaiah Mupfurutsa.
“We are a professional club that follows the dictates of contracts. We signed players whose contracts had expired with their previous clubs so if Caps United or any other club wants compensation, they should go to the players themselves or their managers, not us.”
However Jere, who is also the Caps United chairman, hit back Mupfurutsa saying Dynamos were reneging on a resolution made by all the clubs.
“We can’t allow clubs with big brother mentality to trample on small clubs without financial muscle. It’s not about Caps United but it’s about setting fair play within the league,” Jere said.
“We have a club like Bulawayo Chiefs, they don’t have a sponsor and last year the owner of the club was taking care of the players using money from his own pocket. He even bought stands for the players and for him to just lose a player after such an investment is not fair. So we are not relenting on our position that no compensation, no clearance letter.”
Caps United are withholding the clearance letter for striker Newman Sianchali who moved to Dynamos at the beginning of the year.
Caps United hit Dynamos with a bill for compensation for the salaries they paid for the striker last year but DeMbare are refusing to pay the money saying they signed an unattached player.
Bulawayo Chiefs are also demanding compensation from Dynamos for utility player Shadreck Nyahwa, while Chicken Inn are withholding the clearance letter for Valentine Kadonzvo, who has been training with Ngezi Platinum Stars.
The Footballers Union of Zimbabwe has since taken ZIFA and the PSL to FIFA over the matter, arguing that holding on clearance letters was infringing on the rights of the players. – ZambeziNews24.com