City vs City – clubs at war over striker

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

A tug of war is loom­ing be­tween two cities – Cape Town City and Polok­wane City – over striker Pu­leng Tlolane.

This af­ter Cape Town City sub­mit­ted doc­u­ments to the Premier Soc­cer League (PSL) for the lodge­ment of a con­tract with the player.

City Press has seen a let­ter from the league to both clubs alert­ing them to the sit­u­a­tion.

The let­ter no­ti­fies the clubs that, ac­cord­ing to the league’s reg­is­tra­tion records, Tlolane’s con­tract with Polok­wane ex­pires in 2019.

An an­gry Johnny Mo­gal­adi, Polok­wane City boss, slammed the Cit­i­zens.

“The only thing we know is that he has a con­tract with us. If they want to sign him, they must buy him. But he is not for sale.

“There are pro­ce­dures to be fol­lowed and I will get to the bot­tom of this mat­ter be­cause, to me, it says they are un­der­min­ing me. I won’t [take] it ly­ing down,” said Mo­gal­adi.

Tlolane (26) de­nied sign­ing with the Cape side and said he had signed an af­fi­davit to prove it.

“I was taken by sur­prise when they showed me the let­ter and I couldn’t be­lieve it. My ini­tial con­clu­sion was that there could have been a mis­un­der­stand­ing as there is an­other Tlolane at Jomo Cos­mos. But this doc­u­ment has all my names, which has left me con­fused,” said the striker.

“I re­newed my con­tract last year and I have never signed with any­one else.”

Cape Town City boss John Comi­tis did not re­spond to ques­tions sent to his email, nor to a mes­sage left on his cell­phone.

PSL me­dia of­fi­cer Lux­olo Septem­ber said the in­ter­nal records of the league were con­fi­den­tial.

“What we can say is that reg­is­tra­tion and lodge­ment are two very dis­tinct process. For a player to be reg­is­tered, there must be com­pli­ance with all the as­pects of the league hand­book.

“The rule re­quires the pro­vi­sion of a clear­ance cer­tifi­cate (and other in­for­ma­tion of course) from a player’s for­mer (or cur­rent if he is re­leased) club be­fore a player can be reg­is­tered with a new club [sic],” said Septem­ber in a de­tailed re­sponse.

He added that clubs were per­mit­ted to lodge con­tracts, and “gen­er­ally do so to avoid dis­putes later about when a con­tract was signed”.

“When a club seeks to lodge, that does not mean, and may never mean, that it is en­ti­tled to regis­ter the player. If there is a cur­rent en­force­able con­tract in place, that con­tract re­mains valid and there will not be any pos­si­bil­ity of the player be­ing reg­is­tered with any new club.”

He said there could be grounds for a case of mis­con­duct should two con­tracts have been signed.

PHOTO: SA­MUEL SHIVAMBU / BACKPAGEPIX

CAUGHT IN THE MID­DLE Pu­leng Tlolane de­nies sign­ing for Cape Town City

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