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Kawondera’s son in contract wrangle

National Handling Services registered the twin brothers Ralph and Raphael for the 2011 season. However Ralph Junior’s move to Highfield United stalled after the Division Two side refused to release a clearance letter. This led to the player Kawondera Senior to seek the intervention of the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ) for help.

FUZ wrote to the club instructing them to release his clearance letter but the club ignored the letter.

The matter was taken to the football mother body, Zifa.

Jonathan Mashingaidze, the ZIFA chief executive officer castigated National Handling Services for not releasing the player’s clearance letter.

“Division Two football is amateur league hence players do not sign contracts. Clubs are allowed to register players only for a season, so if the boy has played for the season there was no reason why they should refuse to give him the clearance letter,” said Mashingaidze in his letter to National Handling Services.

Mashingaidze said if they do not “clear” the player by April 30, Zifa are going to give the greenlight to Highfield United to use the player.

Meanwhile former Ziscosteel coach Saidi Sosala has taken the club to court over his firing last August.

Sosala entered a three-year coaching contract with Ziscosteel Football Club – a Division One soccer side, which ran from January 2008 to 2010 but was fired for what the club said was “negligence”.

According to a letter that Ziscosteel wrote to Sosala, they made allegations that he failed to make available a revised fixture of the Southern Region Division One in which Ziscosteel went to Beitbridge hoping to play against Border Strikers but the match did not materialise.

Ziscosteel executive claimed that in the process the company lost US$1 000, which they said it, was due to negligence.

Sosala was suspended but according to Labour Laws, he was supposed to appear before a disciplinary hearing within 14 days which did not happen.

On March 3, Sosala approached the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe who have since taken the case to the labour court.

After his suspension, Melusi Banda took over as the acting coach until season end but was later relieved off his duties as the club hooked in former player Godfery Tamirepi who has been in Botswana. Kennedy Nagoli assists him.

FUZ secretary general Paul Gundani said they are looking forward to proper handling of such cases as a number of clubs are used to abusing and firing coaches.

“So far we have three coaches that have lost their jobs but the league is still at its infant stage. In this case we would want to know which code of conduct did they use to suspend Sosala. I actually wrote to Jawadu Daudhi trying to help the two parties to have an outside court settlement but Zisco was not forthcoming so we decided to make it court,” Gundani said.

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