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Controversy surrounds How Mine/Ndale deal

The “Killing Machine”, “Doctor of football” Luke Masomere is assembling at How Mine is likely to suffer a double whammy as prolific striker Leftara Ndale’s move to the gold miners now appears shrouded in underhand dealings.

By Nyambira Chivasa

The 22-year-old striker moved to How Mine at the beginning of the year, but Standardsport can reveal that the move has been marred by controversy as both Zifa Eastern Region management and Masvingo United say they did not authorise the deal and only heard about in the media. Masvingo insists that the player is AWOL.

Masomere is building a “Killing Machine” that is expected to see Ndale partnering 2014 Golden Boot award joint winners Kudakwashe Musharu and Charles Sibanda who they snapped from Highlanders.

Ndale could have skipped due processes, taking advantage of the lack of sound administrative structures at Masvingo United, but the much-publicised deal might backfire, putting a permanent dent on the career of the enterprising and promising striker.

Masvingo United team secretary Moses Ncube said he was not aware of deal.

“I am not aware of the deal between How Mine and Leftara Ndale. I just read it in the papers but I don’t have finer details of the deal. I feelas a team, we could have been involved but unfortunately whoever sanctioned the deal felt otherwise. We don’t know how How Mine went on to sign our player without our knowledge” said Ncube.

He added: “Maybe someone is behind the deal but as a club, we are yet to know what actually transpired.”

Investigations with Zifa Eastern Region management have confirmed the player did not seek clearance with Zifa as per requirement before going to join How Mine.

“The player has not been cleared with us and I wonder how they are going to register the player with the Premier Soccer League. Maybe they will come back to us and also his former club Masvingo United and start the procedure afresh, but that will impact negatively on the player and team preparations,” Zifa Eastern region manager Thadeous Machawira said.

He said Ndale could have been a victim of uncanny football managers who took advantage of the absence of administrative structures at Masvingo.

“The player could have fallen prey to unscrupulous football managers due to lack of proper administrative structures at his former club hence our call for a physical board on the ground for all the teams before registering with us. We hope this will minimise trickery and bring sanity to the football profession.”

Numerous calls advising players on the repercussions of engaging unscrupulous managers seem to be falling on deaf ears as players go on to sign contracts which they sometimes don’t understand at all, only to cry foul after realising stringent contractual agreements which sometimes kill their careers.

The Bulawayo-based football club went on a shopping spree acquiring numerous players that include the Dynamos duo of Devon Chafa and Tawanda Muparati, Highlanders shot-stopper Munyaradzi Diya front runner Benjamin Marere and former CAPS United Skipper Tapiwa Khumbuyani.

How Mine FC is not new to splashing cash as they did the same last year buying 12 players to prepare for their initial debut in the CAF Confederations Cup.

Ndale refused to comment on the development when he was contacted last week.

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