Ex-Bloemfontein Celtic defender, Davis Nkausu, has taken the club to FIFA as he looks to settle his ongoing dispute with the club.
The player maintains that his contract was unlawfully terminated by Siwelele back in June, and despite ongoing talks to settle the matter amicably, it seems that that has now become impossible.
A statement released today has now confirmed that the 29-year-old Zambian has indeed referred the matter to World football's governing body.
The statement from his representative, Glyn Binkin, read:
"It is with deep regret and after much trying, (to no avail), that we have now been forced to refer the matter between Davies Nkausu and Bloemfontein Celtic FC to FIFA, with the assistance of the South African Football Players Union who have been of great support to date.
"The players contract was unlawfully terminated on 15 June 2015 and in good faith we have tried to reach an acceptable settlement with the club. Unfortunately the good faith we have shown to date has been the only good faith ever shown in these discussions and I find it incredible that a club such as Celtic, who like to consider themselves as a “big” club, with a blue chip sponsor, fantastic following and a beautiful new stadium, can treat their players in such a manner, more so a player who did not give them one days hassles, with a clean disciplinary record and a player who recently had a child with his partner, all of which the club are well aware of.
"In an attempt to resolve this matter amicably between the parties, with the player acting in good faith at all times, the club continued to shift the goalposts. The club intentionally delayed this matter by making us believe that it acted at all times in good faith when the parties entered possible settlement negotiations. The CEO, Khumbulani Konco, who to be honest was very professional in his dealings, always attempted to resolve this matter, however the goal post was moved every time by other people within the club hierarchy. It is clearly not the CEO who is behind this but whomever is behind this has no respect for the principle of contractual stability as enshrined in the FIFA Regulations, as they deem it fit to deal otherwise with no integrity and, more so with no concern about the player and his welfare or that of his new born child, and fairness and equity.
"It is time that the club take responsibility and honour their contractual obligations and not look for excuses to just terminate players contracts as and when they feel like. I seriously wonder whether their sponsors and fans know that this is the manner in which the club conducts their business but I have been quiet for far too long now in the hope that we can resolve this situation on an amicable basis which I believed was the case.
"I have been in this industry for a long time and know that “different faces fit in different places” and that a player who was signed by a coach, may not feature in the plans of a new coach, but I find it extremely disappointing that Celtic have absolutely zero respect for the contract between themselves and Davies who has been an absolute gentleman to date, despite the suffering that he is going through at the moment, and the club have left us with no option but to refer the matter to FIFA, a rather embarrassing situation for a so called big club of South African football.
"My fear on this type of behaviour by the club is if it is not dealt with in the appropriate manner, that in the future clubs will enter into long term contracts with players only to decide after a short period of time that they wish to terminate and not fulfil the contractual obligations that would exist on the long term contract, for some unlawful reason as “the player does not fit in the plans of the coach".
"Without applying the principle of contractual stability and parties not acting in good faith, the South African football industry will instead of progressing, default into a disgrace without any trust and success."