FIFA has ordered Dynamos Football Club to pay Cameroonian striker Christian Joel Epoupa US$16 755. Epoupa left Dynamos in acrimonious circumstances at the start of the year. Dynamos were ordered to pay the money within a month, and failure to do so will attract further sanctions.
Epoupa signed a two-year deal with Dynamos at the beginning of 2017, but he only served one year before the relationship turned sour. The Glamour Boys failed to pay the player how wages for several months. He has since terminated his relationship with the Glamour Boys and moved to Botswana to join modest side Orapa United. Part of the FIFA ruling reads
The respondent, Dynamos Football Club, has to pay the claimant, within 30 days as from the date of notification of this decision, outstanding remuneration in the amount of USD 16 755 plus interest at the rate of 5 per cent p.a. until the date of effective payment . . .
The respondent has to pay the claimant, within 30 days, as from the date of notification of this decision, compensation for breach of contract in the amount of USD 4 875 plus 5 per cent interest p.a. as from 16 April 2018 until the date of effective payment.
Footballers Union of Zimbabwe president Desmond Maringwa said that Dynamos can appeal the ruling but it will be expensive for them. He said
If they want to appeal they can still do that through CAS, but it’s a bit expensive… It’s a lesson to our clubs that they should always conduct their business properly, especially when dealing with foreign players. It’s very sad it has come to this. We tried to engage Dynamos when the case came to us, but the club felt like they didn’t want to have the matter settled in an amicable manner.
It’s something depressing considering the plight of the club, but we also had to stand for the rights of the player. The worst part is that they could be dragged to the Disciplinary Committee if they fail to abide by the DRC ruling and the consequences could be dire.
Desmond "Gaza" Maringwa is a Dynamos Football Club club legend. Maringwa played for the glamour boys for all his football career where he made a name for himself as a midfield genius helping Dembare to several league titles among other trophies in the domestic league. Read More About Desmond Maringwa