Caps get ultimatum

Sukoluhle Mthethwa



WARRIORS fullback David Kutyauripo’s move to Caps United could degenerate into another ugly wrangle after Njube Sundowns threatened to rescind t

he deal over outstanding transfer money.


Sundowns, back in the Premier Soccer League next season, have given Caps up to today to pay up an undisclosed balance although the Bulawayo side acknowledged receipt of $2,5 million.


Unconfirmed reports say Sundowns had initially demanded $5 million for Kutyauripo although they later increased the money to $12 million citing inflation.


Sundowns secretary Tavengwa Hara claimed Caps had not negotiated in good faith and had failed to keep their word on settling the balance.


“Caps United had promised to pay after their match against Dynamos,” said Hara. “But they did not do what they had promised.


“Caps are not negotiating with us in good faith. They even gave Kutyauripo more money than they have done to the club.”


Hara said they had sent a letter to Caps United demanding that they pay up today or Sundowns would reverse the transfer deal.


“We acknowledge receipt of an amount of $2,5 million. As we said before, the inflation rate is very high we cannot afford waiting for the balance,” read the letter.


“With this copy of the letter we are giving you up to Friday 15th of December to pay all the outstanding amount, failure of which we cancel the verbal agreement and re-negotiate.”


Hara said that if Caps United fail to settle the amount by today then Sundowns will have to pay back the $2,5 million they have received from them.


Kutyauripo’s career has been muddled in transfer wrangles since his move from Sundowns to Cyprus in 2005.


On his return to Zimbabwe this year, Sundowns initially stalled Kutyauripo’s move to Dynamos claiming he was still their player. The defender was allowed to play a few games for Dynamos before Sundowns again stopped him over transfer fees.


Kutyauripo joined Caps last month after he was sacked by Dynamos for allegedly inciting a player revolt over salaries.