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.”

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