SA club claims it is all a misunderstanding

Chippa agree to pay Botswana club to avoid Fifa wrath

Vuyokazi Nkanjeni Soccer reporter
Kabelo Seakanyeng of Chippa United.
Kabelo Seakanyeng of Chippa United.
Image: Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images

Chippa United have decided to pay outstanding player fees to Gaborone United as per a Fifa ruling in May to avoid being banned from doing business in the transfer market.

On Wednesday evening, Gaborone United lawyer Lore Morapedi claimed on MetroFM that Chippa had not paid more than R600 000 in fees the club believed it owed in transfer fees for Kabelo Seakanyeng and Thatayaone Kgamanyane.

The original amount was R1.2m for both players but  it was later agreed upon that Kgamanyane would be returned to the Botswana club, reducing the fee by half.

Gaborone took the matter to Fifa, who ruled in their favour and ordered Chippa to pay over the fee. The penalty for not doing so would have seen the Chilli Boys banned from three transfer windows.

Chippa hit back at Gaborone, saying they believed the matter had been sorted out between the parties.

Chippa boss Siviwe Mpengesi said the claims were inaccurate and the Port Elizabeth-based club released a statement attributed to its management.

“This serves to dispel the inaccurate information regarding a ban against Chippa United from registering players for the 2020-2021 season. The matter concerns the transfer of two players from Gaborone United in Botswana to Chippa United in the 2018-2019 season, which was done and arranged with an erstwhile director of Gaborone United.

“There were direct talks between the parties, which involved the assistance by Chippa United of one of the players going back to Gaborone United as the player had been linked with opposition teams in Botswana at the time.”

“Having paid certain amounts towards the transfer at the time of release of the players, we considered the matter finalised.”

The statement said the club were dumbstruck when Gaborone demanded further fees.

“Much to our surprise, we received a letter of demand for transfer fees from an individual we recognised as a team owner here in South Africa and we accordingly defended the claim through our attorneys.”

It went on to read that in May they received correspondence from FIFA concerning the matter from a different set of individuals at the Botswana club.

“All this information was immediately responded to with our defence and exposition of the facts to Fifa, including that we had earlier responded to a separate demand from another party in the matter.”

Chippa say they have written again to FIFA to request the opportunity to have their defence heard or have the alternative of a right to appeal the decision. They say they have not received a response since July 21.

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