H’lan­ders chas­ing old debt

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

STRUG­GLING Bulawayo giants High­landers have en­gaged the South African Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) through Zifa in a des­per­ate ef­fort to re­cover $22 392 in trans­fer fees for Cleopas Dube, who joined Wit­bank Spurs in 2014.

Bosso sold Dube to Spurs in 2014 for $30 000, but to date, the Mpumalanga prov­ince-based Na­tional First Di­vi­sion side has only paid $7 608.

High­landers’ chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ndu­miso Gumede said they had to en­gage Safa through Zifa, as Spurs were not re­spond­ing to their letters of de­mand.

Bosso started pur­su­ing the money last year after the South African side de­faulted on its ini­tial plan to pay the first $10 000 upon re­ceipt of Dube’s in­ter­na­tional clear­ance, with the rest be­ing set­tled be­fore the start of the 2015 sea­son.

Spurs have since sold Dube to newly pro­moted South African Premier Soc­cer League side FC Baroka for around R700 000.

Gumede said they would also pur­sue the 20 per­cent they are en­ti­tled to from Dube’s trans­fer fee from Spurs to Baroka.

“We asked Zifa to as­sist us re­cover our money from Wit­bank Spurs for the sale of Cleopas Dube, who moved there in 2014. It’s a pity that we’ve been forced to take this route be­cause Wit­bank Spurs have not been act­ing in good faith. When they learnt that we’ve re­ported them to Safa, last week they re­acted by depositing $1 400 into our bank ac­count. We’re not happy with the fact that they are pay­ing us in dribs and drabs,” said Gumede.

“When the striker moved to Wit­bank Spurs, we in­cluded a sale-on clause in­di­cat­ing that we will get 20 per­cent should he move. They sold him to Baroka and we’re get­ting re­ports that he was sold for R700 000, mean­ing that we’re en­ti­tled to R140 000.”

Dube, who scored 13 goals for Spurs in the 2015-16 First Di­vi­sion and fin­ished as run­ner-up in the top goal scor­ers’ to Baroka’s Thabiso Ku­tumela, had also at­tracted pre­sea­son in­ter­ests from Bloem­fontein Celtics, Free State Stars and Golden Ar­rows.

He then set­tled for Baroka be­ing a di­rect re­place­ment for Ku­tumela, who joined giants Orlando Pi­rates.

High­landers are in des­per­ate need for cash to ease their bal­loon­ing debt, which is just un­der $1 mil­lion.

If they re­cover their dues from Spurs, the money will go a long way in cov­er­ing some of their day-to-day ex­penses. – @ZililoR

Cleopas Dube

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