AmaZulu have given an update on a matter that was dragged all the way to FIFA and put their remarkable season under coach Benni McCarthy in danger.
The Siya crew had previously reported three months ago that Jozef Vukusic, who sat in the Usuthu dugout for three months before he was eventually dismissed from a three-year contract, was claiming compensation.
And because he is a foreigner, the Serbian could bypass the domestic league channels and head straight to the world football governing body to dispute his sacking.
But according to Sandile Zungu, now the AmaZulu chairman, “the matter has been resolved” and Usuthu no longer in a sticky situation.
The coach was initially placed on special leave by the previous owners, the Sokhela family, and then later dismissed in March last year.
Given their run in with FIFA in 2018, where Namibian player Phinheas Nambadi had a ruling go in his favour, the club failing to honour it and subsequently being docked six points – this time it appears the matter was treated with caution.
“It's been resolved at arbitration. AmaZulu is extremely happy with the finalisation of the matter. We cannot disclose details though,” Zungu told the Siya crew.
His statement was affirmed by Lunga Sokhela, who was the general manager at the club when Vukusic was fired.
“We’ve received communication from FIFA that the matter is finalised. There was a small settlement that was due to Vukusic, which will be settled as we have committed to the new owners. So that will be done,” Sokhela added.
When approached for comment, the coach’s lawyer, Kabelo Mashigo, told the Siya crew that his client would be appealing the decision from FIFA at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
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