Cosmos in bitter legal squabble

2011-09-24 20:09

Jomo Cosmos is facing a legal onslaught after one of their former players, Christian Anianguengue Ombola, took the club to the Fifa Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) for breach of contract.

Ombola, from Congo-Brazzaville, is claiming R1.4 million in compensation fees. The sum includes a signing on fee, a three-year salary and accommodation.

Ombola was contracted to Cosmos from 2009 to 2012, but the deal was terminated just three months after he signed. City Press has seen the con-tract, which shows that Ombola’s monthly wages were to be R30 000.

The defender had turned to the Premier Soccer League DRC but his complaint was dismissed on the grounds that he was not registered with the league.

He then went to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), alleging unfair dismissal. The CCMA ruled in his favour and ordered Cosmos to pay him a R60?000 compensation fee.

However, the CCMA did not have the jurisdiction to make a decision on the breach of contract, so the South African Football Players Union (Sapfu) referred it to Fifa DRC.

Cosmos manager Khwezi Masondo acknowledged receipt of the letter from the Fifa DRC, adding the agreement was that Ombola was going to be registered upon acquiring South African citizenship.

“After the CCMA ruling the payments were halted because we did not have his full names. One of his names did not appear in our documents and the payment was rejected.

“Our lawyers have been furnished with his full names and we will be making the payments soon,” said Masondo.

Sapfu general-secretary Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe said: “We conduct many cases for players who are forced to seek compensation because their contracts were unlawfully terminated .”

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