With the transfer window now in full swing in South Africa, are the correct protocols being observed with regards to how players are signed in the Absa Premiership?
According to FIFA’s current transfer rules, any club that wants to sign a player registered to another club must speak directly with the owning team and not to the player himself or his representatives.
Gavin Hunt suggested last week that a coach in the Premier Soccer League was not adhering to those rules, saying that one of his players was called by a counterpart prior to their 0-0 draw with Mamelodi Sundowns.
He told the media, “Every single day, today (last week Tuesday) before this game, one of my players got a phonecall from a coach. Unbelievable.
“The players are honest with me, they tell me, and we just get on with it. We can’t fight - it’s no good reporting people to the PSL.”
It’s not the first time there have been claims of tapping up in South Africa though, with Cape Town City’s John Comitis accusing Pitso Mosimane of contacting his player, Aubrey Ngoma, prior to his move to Masandawana a couple of years ago.
Speaking at the time, Comitis said, “The current coach of Sundowns, Pitso Mosimane – who understands the FIFA rules – has made a direct approach to our contracted player, Aubrey Ngoma, offering him hypothetical millions to join Sundowns next year.
‘This phone call and deal was made directly to Aubrey outside the window, days before our crucial away match with Maritzburg. This is in serious contravention of the FIFA rules governing player transfers, as no player can be directly approached while in contract with another club.”
The Siya crew recently reported of Sundowns’ potential interest in Wits’ top scorer, Gift Motupa, who has made it onto the club’s list of possible targets, but it remains to be seen whether a concrete offer will be submitted before the end of the window.
Do you think that ‘tapping-up’ is a problem in South Africa?