Zifa probe Sithole, Chinyama moves

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Zifa is investigating cases of suspected financial prejudice at Harare giants Dynamos over the transfer of players to South Africa last year and early this year.

Report by Kevin Mapasure

DeMbare exported goalkeeper Washington Arubi, strikers Simba Sithole, Roderick Mutuma and Takesure Chinyama as well as midfielder Denver Mukamba.

It is the transfer of Sithole and Chinyama that Zifa is interested in, which could land Sithole’s manager Gibson Mahachi in trouble.
Mahachi said he had not been contacted by Zifa over the matter.

Sources told IndependentSport yesterday there was misrepresentation of details concerning Sithole’s transfer to South Africa’s Supersport.

Zifa was informed that the player was a free agent when he crossed over to the Absa Premiership, but he had allegedly signed a one-year deal with Dynamos in June last year which would have elapsed next month.

It is Zifa’s suspicion that US$120 000 was paid for the transfer of Sithole, which would entitle Zifa to almost US$18 000.

If the player was a free agent Zifa would not be entitled to anything.

“It is suspicious that the player signed a one-year deal at Dynamos but is said to have been a free agent when he signed for Supersport,” said the source.

“We were told that his contract with Dynamos was terminated before he went to South Africa, so we are investigating that as well as the transfer of Chinyama whose transfer fee we suspect was understated. We suspect some managers are conniving with clubs and player agents to cook up figures and misrepresent facts.”

Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze declined to comment on specific issues but confirmed that his organisation was probing some transfer deals.

“We are currently looking at certain transfers and those found off side will face the full wrath of Fifa statutes,” said Mashingaidze. “We are looking at a lot of issues; the other problem is that some of these players are not getting their 10% of the transfer fee.”

Zifa is investigating Sithole’s initial transfer to Sundowns from which Caps United got nothing. But Caps will be under pressure to pay US$120 000 they owe the mother body in transfer commission after exporting Method Mwanjali, Lionel Mtizwa, Tafadzwa Rusike and Gilbert Mapemba.

Zifa is set to crack the whip on clubs to pay up as most promised to do so in December, but still haven’t.

DC Academy is yet to remit the transfer commission from Mukamba’s move to Wits, while Dynamos are yet to pay up for Mutuma and Arubi’s moves.

Mutuma is believed to have ferchedUS$100 000 while Arubi was signed for US$60 000.

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