Chunga’s new deal in limbo

MOSES Chunga’s move to Shooting Stars is in trouble after Caps Holdings, the majority shareholder in the club with a stake of 60%, this week distanced themselves from the unsettled coach’s appointment.

The pharmaceutical company has declared the Chunga deal null and void, insisting that the agreement was between the former Gunners boss and fired Shooting Stars general manager, Joe Sengeredo, and therefore not binding.

Caps sources said Sengeredo was dismissed as the club’s general manager, which outlawed him from executing club duties. He still has his 40% stake.

Sengeredo has since appealed to the labour court and hearing is expected on Monday.

The Chunga issue could turn out to be a sideshow of the real battle between Sengeredo, the original owner of Shooting Stars, and new owners Caps Holdings.

As the club begins preparation for the new Premier Soccer League season, the club seems to be split into two. The main group, which comprises the majority of players from last season, is training at the University of Zimbabwe grounds under coaches Lloyd Mutasa, Callisto Pasuwa and Masimba Dinyero.

The ex-Dynamos players, who were in charge last season before media reports said they had been sacked following misunderstandings with Sengeredo, have the blessings of Caps Holdings and the board.

“They were never fired,” said a Caps Holdings spokesman who did not want to be named. “Only the company and board can fire them.”

The Chunga group, comprising mainly of newly recruited players, has been meeting at Lord Malvern High School.

Both camps claim to be the bona fide Shooting Stars.

A resolution to sack Sengeredo was made at a Caps Holdings board meeting on December 11.

A Caps source told IndependentSport that Sengeredo was then fired on January 14 “for contravening the shareholders agreement”.

Documents at hand show that Sengeredo, in paragraph 7.1 of the agreement between him and Caps, would transfer 60% shareholding of Shooting Stars to Caps Holdings. In item 7.2 he grants Caps Holdings the naming rights of the club.

The other conflict which has surfaced is the transfer of Zimbabwe defender Daniel Veremu to PSL champions Gunners without the consent of the company.

It is all pointing to a big scuffle between the two camps with this paper having seen documents implicating bribery, misappropriation of club funds and gate takings, and misuse of cup prize money. Sengeredo maintains that his dismissal was not procedural.

 

Ashley Marimo

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