Hwange ter­mi­nate Sian­chali’s con­tract

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

TROU­BLED Hwange Football Club have ter­mi­nated the con­tract of slip­pery striker New­man Sian­chali in a move in­side sources said might fur­ther es­ca­late sim­mer­ing ten­sions be­tween the club and play­ers.

Sian­chali’s con­tract was due to run up to De­cem­ber 2017, although he had writ­ten to the club re­quest­ing a mu­tual part­ing of ways at the end of this sea­son cit­ing un­ful­filled con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions by the club.

How­ever, Hwange felt the player might no longer give his best per­for­mances for the club and chose to im­me­di­ately ter­mi­nate his con­tract.

“The club ad­min­is­tra­tor just in­formed me this morn­ing (yes­ter­day) that I was no longer part of the team.

“He said I should ex­cuse them as they wanted to dis­cuss the strike is­sue and when I asked him the rea­son why I shouldn’t be part of the dis­cus­sion, he said my con­tract has been ter­mi­nated,” said Sian­chali, who was scouted from Binga by sus­pended coach Na­tion Dube in 2014.

Sian­chali, whose goals for Chipangano were usu­ally with a touch of bril­liance, said he was forced into re­quest­ing a mu­tual ter­mi­na­tion as a num­ber of agree­ments were not ful­filled.

His de­ci­sion was also in line with Ar­ti­cle 13 of the Fifa reg­u­la­tions on the sta­tus and trans­fer of play­ers, which states that a con­tract be­tween a pro­fes­sional and a club may only be ter­mi­nated upon expiry of the term of the con­tract or by mu­tual agree­ment.

“If the player had in­di­cated that he wants the con­tract to be ter­mi­nated by mu­tual agree­ment, but the club has gone on to ter­mi­nate it be­fore the date said by the player, then the club could be found want­ing in terms of football laws.

“They will have to ful­fil all the ex­ist­ing con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions un­til that time the con­tract is mu­tu­ally ter­mi­nated,” said a football law ex­pert.

Ar­ti­cle 16 of the same reg­u­la­tions reads: “A con­tract can­not be uni­lat­er­ally ter­mi­nated dur­ing the course of a sea­son.”

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