Blow for Chiefs as they lose transfer ban appeal

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Disappointed chiefs supporters will be many today after CAS upheld the club's transfer ban. Picture: Gallo Images
Disappointed chiefs supporters will be many today after CAS upheld the club's transfer ban. Picture: Gallo Images


The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Tuesday announced that it has upheld the transfer ban imposed by Fifa on Kaizer Chiefs.

Amakhosi were handed a two-window transfer ban for acting improperly when signing midfielder Andriamirado “Dax” Andrianarimanana from Fosa FC in 2018.

The Soweto giants refused to pay the transfer fee demanded by Fosa and instead claimed that they were an amateur club and therefore no fee was required to sign the player.

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Chiefs will now be forced to pay the Malagasy club an amount of $40 000 (R645 000).

This is bad news for coach Gavin Hunt and means the club will only be allowed to sign new players next season (July 2021).

Chiefs’ depleted squad, that lost the league to Mamelodi Sundowns last season, will have to somehow become competitive this season without new blood. The club also has an ageing squad to compound the problem.

The team was exposed in a 3-0 hammering they suffered at the hands of defending league champions Sundowns at the weekend.

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The ruling means a player like Sifiso Hlanti, who has been training with the team in the hopes that the transfer ban will be overturned, will have to rethink his future.

Here is the CAS statement:

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has issued its decision in the appeal filed by the Malagasy player Andriamirado Aro Hasina Andrianarimanana (the player) and the South African club Kaizer Chiefs FC (collectively, the appellants), against the decision rendered by the Fifa Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) on December 5 2019 (the challenged decision).

In such decision, the Fifa DRC noted that the player and Kaizer Chiefs entered into a new contract when the player was still under contract with Fosa Juniors FC/Madagascar.

Given these circumstances, the Fifa DRC concluded that the player unilaterally terminated the employment contract with Fosa Juniors FC without just cause. As a consequence, the player was ordered, together with Kaizer Chiefs FC, to jointly and severally pay compensation of MGA 157 572 000 (R647 199) to Fosa Juniors FC.

In addition, a four-month period of ineligibility was imposed on the player and Kaizer Chiefs FC was banned from registering any new players either nationally or internationally for two entire and consecutive registration periods. The CAS panel in charge of this matter has dismissed the appeal and confirmed the Challenged Decision in its entirety.


Gomolemo Motshwane  

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