Azam Football Club striker Prince Dube’s former school, Somvubu Secondary in Bubi District, Matabeleland North, has demanded compensation for his development training.
Dube played football for Somvubu while he was a pupil at the school from the age of 14 from 2011 to 2014 when he signed a pre-contract with Highlanders.
He was spotted by Bosso junior coach Melusi ‘Mabaleka’ Sibanda during a National Association of Secondary School Heads (Nash) tournament at Gloag High School.
Somvubu Secondary School headmaster Khumbulani Sibanda said the school did virtually everything for Dube, even paying his school fees as well as examination fees. Said Sibanda:
It’s our intention to ask for training compensation for the boy (Dube). He was at our annex school in 2011. While in Form 1, he dropped out in the third term but knowing his talent, I looked for him and he was with us at the main school from 2012 until 2014, sitting for his O-Level examination in November 2014.
During that time with us, we did virtually everything, paying his school fees as well as examination fees. Bosso saw him at our Nash competitions after I had invited them to watch him in action. Gumede (Ndumiso, former Highlanders’ chief executive officer and now club president), Mabaleka and myself made an arrangement to have him join Bosso 90 after writing his last paper.
The Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players Article 20 stipulates that training compensation shall be paid to a player’s training club when he signs his first contract as a professional and each time a professional is transferred until the end of his 23rd birthday.
Meanwhile, Dube signed a two-year contract with the ambitious Tanzanian side from Bulawayo club Highlanders.