Wits in legal row over Myeni

2011-10-29 19:56

A legal row is brewing between Premier Soccer League side Bidvest Wits and the Orange Farm-based Dona’s Mates Youth Football Academy over compensation for a player.

Sensational midfielder Sifiso Myeni is at the centre of the tug-of-war.

According to James “Maradona” Shabangu, the 23-year-old Myeni was groomed by the academy from 2002 to 2005.

Shabangu said the academy’s technical director, Archie Radebe, played a major role in developing Myeni’s career.

He said they had tried to resolve the matter with Wits to no avail and had referred it to the South African Football Association (Safa).

But he said it would not be heard until they had paid a R3?500 protest fee, which the academy was struggling to raise.

“We’re not going to demand an exorbitant amount from Wits, but we’re asking for compen-sation and acknowledgement,” Shabangu said.

“We don’t make a profit from the academy but we expect clubs to be considerate so we can continue with development.

“The money will not go to individuals but to the academy. People must understand that we pay for everything out of our own pockets.

“We can only sustain ourselves through the compensation fees we raise.”

He said development coaches were often overlooked and rarely acknowledged.

“Wits are a professional institution and they have to adhere to the rules and regulations of Fifa,” he said.

But Wits spokesperson George Mogotsi challenged Shabangu to “go to the nearest highest court”.

Mogotsi said Myeni’s clearance had come from the Mpumalanga-based Vodacom League side Leandra FC, and not from Shabangu.

“That boy is taking chances,” said Mogotsi.

“We don’t know him.

“The people who brought Sifiso here are David Kekana and Archie Radebe and we paid them.”

Kekana, an SABC TV soccer analyst, confirmed that he had facilitated Myeni’s move to Wits.

“We were paid R4 500 for transport and other expenses,” he said.

“I didn’t even touch the money.

“I gave it to Archie because he played a major role in Sifiso’s development.

“Wits must just honour the payment and George (Mogotsi) must stop making noise.”

Safa’s head of legal affairs, Nathi Ngcobo, confirmed that he had received documents and that they were waiting for the necessary documents from the academy.

“They need to comply by submitting all the required documents,” Ngcobo said.

Fifa’s Article 20 states: “Training compensation shall be paid to a player’s training club.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.