Goalie to cough up US$25 000

Ndamu Sandu

ISRAELI FA Cup holders Hapoel Bnei Sakhnin have demanded a US$25 000 compensation before they can release Zimbabwean goalminder Energy Murambadoro, citing breach of contract, it emerged this week

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Murambadoro fled the Israeli club last year under unclear circumstances, prematurely terminating a 10-month long contract. The Warriors goalkeeper has been inactive ever since, as the Israeli side have refused to clear him, saying Murambadoro flouted his contractual obligations.


Murambadoro wants to rejoin Caps United and compete in the lucrative African Champions League.


Murambadoro’s agent, Gino Laureyssen of EuroClubServices, told IndependentSport on Wednesday the Israeli side had demanded money for them to issue the international clearance.


“We are discussing with them but they have indicated that they want to be paid US$25 000,” Laureyssen said.


Laureyssen was hopeful that a solution would be found by the end of the

week, enabling Murambadoro to turn out for Caps.


“We are saying that if Energy plays for Caps there will be no payment. Payment will only be made if Energy is transferred to a team in another country,” Laureyssen said.


Laureyssen said he had spoken to the secretary-general of the club and faxed some information to the club president.


“I am waiting to get information from the president but I am having problems with the language as the president cannot speak English,” he said.


Observers have said that Murambadoro’s case compels players to read their contractual obligations before signing.


Players have had problems concerning signing of contracts with two teams claiming ownership of the same player.

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