After Bobby Motaung publicly alleged that Kaizer Chiefs’ attempts to have their FIFA ban overturned by a tribunal turned “political”, a source with inside knowledge of the matter has also now labelled the case “a joke”.
Amakhosi were hit with a two-window transfer sanction by the world football governing body in February for the way in which they lured Andriamirado ‘Dax’ Andrianarimanana to Naturena from his Madagascar club, Fosa Juniors FC, two years ago.
Chiefs believed they were recruiting a free agent, while Fosa insisted he had a professional contract, which the midfielder had now breached.
A source, who did not want to be named for fear of being victimised because of his extensive knowledge of the case, said it was unfair to blame Amakhosi after their appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was dismissed last month.
He suggested Ahmad Ahmad was involved, and this comes on the back of news breaking yesterday that the CAF president, who is also the head of the Madagascar FA, has been banned by FIFA for financial misconduct and abusing his position – among other things.
He’s been slapped with a five year ban.
In a radio interview on SAFM last week, Motaung insisted that Chiefs had done everything by the book when asked about the Dax issue, but the “politics” were always going to work against them in having the ban overturned.
“This was a unique situation where we even appealed – if it was a mistake we would not have gone for an appeal. We would have realised it even long before. We followed the processes, unfortunately the politics behind the story, behind this Dax thing… I could sit here the whole day or the next two days and debate with people. It was just political and we decided to bite the bullet,” Motaung explained.
Now, the source, with background of the case, told the Siya crew: “It’s no surprise to see the situation now unraveling at CAF. The Dax case was in essence a joke, Chiefs and the player followed all protocols laid out by FIFA, but Fosa Juniors did not, they could not show a so-called professional contract at the time of the transfer, hence FIFA cleared the player.”
Dax, who had moved on to Black Leopards, was handed a four-months ban, which he served from February to June.
“Miraculously a so-called professional contract, with a forged signature of Dax, appears weeks and weeks later. It’s unfair to blame Chiefs management or Dax. What is more evident is the connection between the Fosa Juniors owner and Ahmad. FIFA put mechanisms in place, one party follows, the other doesn’t, but months later the decision on Chiefs and the player is reversed. You then have to look deeper into it, now we start to see,” the source claimed.
Fosa Juniors has maintained that the initial FIFA decision and the subsequent one by CAS to uphold the ban was a victory for Madagascar football.
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