Abraw dis­pute still caus­ing up­roar

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

The Camal­dine Abraw dis­pute is far from over.

The To­golese striker is ac­cused of sign­ing two sep­a­rate con­tracts with Kaizer Chiefs and Bloem­fontein Celtic.

Celtic feel that – de­spite To­golese striker be­ing reg­is­tered as a Chiefs player on trans­fer dead­line on Mon­day – he should not kick a ball un­til his case is set­tled.

They have ap­plied to the league to bar him from play­ing.

Celtic chief ex­ec­u­tive Khum­bu­lani Konco told City Press they had ap­pealed the de­ci­sion to register Abraw as a Chiefs player while the case was still pend­ing.

“The DRC [dis­pute res­o­lu­tion cham­ber] rec­om­mended the PSL check whether Chiefs were right to sign the player con­sid­er­ing he had signed a pre­con­tract with us. Again, the DRC asked the league to de­ter­mine whether the player was right to sign two con­tracts with dif­fer­ent teams. And lastly, the league was told to ver­ify if it was true that we signed him with­out no­ti­fy­ing his pre­vi­ous club, [Free State] Stars. But we were sur­prised to learn that he has been reg­is­tered as a Chiefs player.

“We want to know un­der which cir­cum­stances this was done.

“What if the league sus­pends him or rules that he be­longs to us? He should not play un­til the mat­ter is com­pletely set­tled. We re­serve our rights to take it fur­ther,” said Konco.

He said they would never drop the mat­ter and would go to the high­est court, if the need arose.

How­ever, Chiefs are adamant they were within their rights to register the player.

Chiefs football man­ager Bobby Mo­taung said Abraw was el­i­gi­ble to play and it would be up to the tech­ni­cal team to de­cide whether they fielded him or not.

“The league has is­sued him with a play­ing card and he can play any­time if our tech­ni­cal team wants to use him. What is hap­pen­ing is off the field and we can’t stop him from work­ing,” said Mo­taung.

He said the DRC had made rec­om­men­da­tions and not sanc­tions.

“The league was or­dered to carry out fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion as to whether we did ev­ery­thing above board or not. They never said the player should not play,” said Mo­taung.

The PSL re­fused to com­ment on the mat­ter.

Mean­while, Tsepo Masilela will this week meet with Safa in a bid to avoid heavy sanc­tions.

Masilela faces a ban from the as­so­ci­a­tion af­ter fail­ing to re­port to the Bafana Bafana camp last week.

Fifa rules al­lows Safa to re­strict the player from tak­ing part in any football ac­tiv­ity for five days af­ter the in­ter­na­tional week for fail­ing to re­port for na­tional duty.

How­ever, Chiefs football man­ager Bobby Mo­taung told City Press that they would meet with Safa to tell their player’s side of the story.

He said they had re­ceived cor­re­spon­dence from the as­so­ci­a­tion re­gard­ing a pos­si­ble dis­ci­plinary hear­ing for the 30-yearold de­fender.

PHOTO: CHARLE LOM­BARD / GALLO IM­AGES

NO-SHOW Tsepo Masilela snubbed Bafana

PHOTO: MUZI NTOMBELA / BACKPAGEPI­X

EL­I­GI­BLE To­golese striker Camal­dine Abraw

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