Beitbridge-based Castle Lager premiership side Tripple B’s survival hopes received a double whammy on Friday as FC Strikers ordered them to stop using their top striker Aleck Marime.
By Own correspondent
Marime, who is one of the few strikers to have scored a hat-trick this season, is on loan from inactive across-town rivals FC Strikers.
It is understood that Tripple B have failed to meet their financial obligations for the player, leaving their neighbours with “no option but to nullify the deal”.
Marime has been the stand-out performer for the Beitbridge side weighing in with eight league goals so far.
FC Strikers treasurer Rodlet Chigwinya confirmed the development, adding that the striker was now up for sale.
“They [Tripple B] owe us money for the use of Aleck but they have failed to pay us as we had agreed, so we have decided to recall our player.
“We have since communicated to PSL notifying them of our decision.
“Aleck is no longer eligible to play for Tripple B and we are open to offers from any clubs that might want his services,” said Chigwinya.
Gibson Makanda, who is doubling as Tripple B secretary and team manager, confirmed receiving the letter from FC Strikers and acknowledged that they owe them money for Marime’s signature.
“They [FC Strikers] wrote to us notifying us that we must stop using Aleck.
“We owe them money and we had told them that we would pay once our finances were in order, it is my sincere hope that we will reach common ground and allow the player to continue with his career,” he said.
Marime is rumoured to be on Highlanders’ wish list for the mid-season transfer window.