Kangwa writes off debt

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ray­mond Jar­avaza

FOR­MER High­landers winger Bruce Kangwa has writ­ten off the $5 000 debt that the Bulawayo gi­ants owed him in part sign­ing on fees and out­stand­ing salaries af­ter his re­cent move to su­per-rich Tan­za­nian club Azam.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the ges­ture by Bruce to write off the monies that we owed him. He in­di­cated to us that High­landers has done so much for him and he would not want to ag­gra­vate the fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion at the club by de­mand­ing to be paid the money.

“This is the kind of ap­pre­ci­a­tion we would like to see from High­landers sons who have the team at heart even as the club is go­ing through a dif­fi­cult fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion,” chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ndu­miso Gumede told jour­nal­ists at a weekly Press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

Kangwa’s move to Azam is as good as a done deal af­ter High­landers, Azam, the Tan­za­nian Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion and the Zim­babwe Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion started the process known as Trans­fer Match­ing Sys­tem (TMS).

TMS refers to an on­line sys­tem for reg­is­ter­ing player trans­fers be­tween clubs in dif­fer­ent leagues.

De­tails that are re­quired in TMS in­clude names of the clubs, the mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions, player de­tails (date of birth, na­tion­al­ity, first and last names), type of trans­fer (per­ma­nent, loan, ex­change) and the to­tal trans­fer fee among other de­tails.

“So many fig­ures have been thrown around as sign­ing on fees for Bruce. The other time we were told Azam would pay $15 000, the sit­u­a­tion was made worse by his agent (Ge­orge Deda) who took it upon him­self to ne­go­ti­ate on be­half of the player with­out seek­ing au­thor­ity from us. That was wrong.

“We have, how­ever, made progress and the sign­ing on fee is quite higher that the $15 000 that was talked about but it is still lower than what Bid­vest paid for Knox (Mu­tizwa),” he said.

Mean­while, the Bosso chief administrator has blamed po­lice for fail­ing to con­trol club sup­port­ers who throw mis­siles onto the pitch, cost­ing the club thou­sands of dol­lars in fines.

Bosso have been fined $4 000 af­ter fans threw mis­siles into the pitch in two sep­a­rate league matches against Harare City FC and CAPS United at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium.

Un­der PSL stand­ing or­der rules and reg­u­la­tions a club that fails to con­trol its sup­port­ers lead­ing to pitch in­va­sion or mis­sile throw­ing is fined $2 000 for the of­fence.

Gumede be­lieves the po­lice can do more to curb the vi­o­lence and bring the hooli­gans to book.

“We hire 60 po­lice of­fi­cers that in­clude those in plain clothes but we are yet to wit­ness a sit­u­a­tion where po­lice iden­tify and ar­rest hooli­gans that throw mis­siles into the pitch to send a clear mes­sage that the per­pe­tra­tors of vi­o­lence will be fished out and pros­e­cuted. All the po­lice do is stand and watch yet they ex­pect to be paid at the end of the match.

“We have al­ready lost $4 000 as a re­sult of the ac­tions of these un­ruly el­e­ments and it’s hurt­ing the club fi­nan­cially,” he said.

Bruce Kangwa

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