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ZIFA Vows To Clear Players Affected By Disputes

The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has said it will register all the players, who are at the centre of transfer disputes, with the employers of their choice.The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has said it will register all the players, who are at the centre of transfer disputes, with the employers of their choice.The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has said it will register all the players, who are at the centre of transfer disputes, with the employers of their choice.

This is meant to try and ensure that the 2021 season gets underway smoothly, with the Chibuku Super Cup, this weekend.

It comes after Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs have refused to give clearance letters to players whose contracts expired in December 2020.

The clubs are demanding compensation from the players on the basis that they paid their full salaries for the whole without them kicking a ball.

ZIFA spokesperson, Xolisani Gwesela insisted the association did not direct clubs to withhold players’ clearances. He said:

The Zimbabwe Football Association has received correspondence from the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe to the effect that some Premier Soccer League clubs are withholding clearances for players with expired contracts.

We have been informed that some PSL clubs are allegedly demanding compensation, for services not rendered during the COVID-19-induced lockdown, when football activities had been suspended.

ZIFA understands that PSL clubs are withholding these player clearances, on the basis of ZIFA having issued such a directive.

This is factually not correct and we make reference to our circular to all ZIFA Affiliates dated 31 December 2020.

Players like Newman Sianchali, Valentine Kadonzvo, Shadreck Nyahwa and Innocent Mucheneka had been caught up in the disputes.

Sianchali is moving from CAPS United to Dynamos while Kadonzvo’s intended move from Chicken Inn to Ngezi Platinum Stars has been frustrated.

Bulawayo Chiefs were also demanding compensation for national team fringe player, Shadreck Nyahwa, who moved to Dynamos.

More: The Herald

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