Green Mamba opt out of Njeleza deal

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Noel Mun­z­abwa Sport Cor­re­spon­dent

FORMER Bantu Rovers mid­fielder Si­mon Njeleza must be dev­as­tated after MTN Premier League of Swazi­land out­fit Green Mamba on Thurs­day de­cided against reg­is­ter­ing him just after re­ceiv­ing his clear­ance let­ter from Talen Vi­sion.

The joy that had greeted the ar­rival of his clear­ance would be cut short 18 hours after kit man­ager only iden­ti­fied as Smiso was sent with 1 000 Emalan­geni (R1 000) which was said to be his one way bus fare back to Bulawayo with lit­tle ex­pla­na­tion.

Coin­ci­den­tally, the player had of­fered the same amount worth of soc­cer balls to com­pen­sate Talen Vi­sion with whom he had a gen­tle­men’s agree­ment to play for them with­out a con­tract.

Njeleza con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment and ex­pressed con­cern that he risked be­ing side­lined from play­ing foot­ball un­til next March since the se­cond trans­fer win­dow pe­riod in Zim­babwe closed in July.

“The kit man­ager Smiso came with money which was said to be my fare back home with no re­turn fare. When I sought clar­i­fi­ca­tion I was told di­rec­tors had opted against my reg­is­tra­tion.

“To me there seems to be an un­told story con­sid­er­ing we had fi­nally re­ceived the clear­ance.

“This will go down as a wasted month for me and my big­gest fear now is I might not be able to play foot­ball un­til next year which will af­fect me. Only God knows why,” said Njeleza.

Zim­babwe-born Green Mamba coach Hebert Maruwa de­scribed the de­vel­op­ment as a blow to his squad.

“It’s a big blow. Si­mon had im­pressed me with his play and I had hoped to pin the team around him and Bless­ing Sande,” said Maruwa.

Con­tacted for com­ment, Talen Vi­sion team man­ager, Juma Phiri whose of­fice had is­sued the clear­ance said they would help the player re­cover from the set­back.

“It’s dev­as­tat­ing for him and per­son­ally and as a club will help him out of this set­back. We will be guided by Zifa to see whether he is still el­i­gi­ble to play for us or not,” said Phiri.

The hag­gling over the player started early last week when Green Mamba re­quested for a clear­ance to which Talen Vi­sion de­manded to be com­pen­sated with 10 soc­cer balls be­fore is­suance of the clear­ance.

Green Mamba had prayed for im­me­di­ate avail­abil­ity to en­able Njeleza play in the Cas­tle Premier Chal­lenge Cup quar­ter fi­nal match which they lost 2-3 to Young Buf­faloes.

It had to take the in­ter­ven­tion of Foot­ball Union of Zim­babwe’s Hebert Dick and an un­named Swazi­land based Zim­bab­wean who pro­vided them­selves as col­lat­eral for the clear­ance to be is­sued.

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