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Tug-Of-War For Mothwa

Polokwane City are set to lodge a complaint with the PSL after Chippa United signed their goalkeeper, Veli Mothwa, from Baroka FC.

According to Rise and Shine, Mothwa signed a contract with the Polokwane-based club, and later signed with Baroka FC, however, City won the case.

As previously reported by the crew, Mothwa signed two contracts with two clubs at the same time and the PSL ruled in favour of City. Nonetheless, the goalkeeper and Baroka took the matter to the SAFA appeals board.

In a twist of tales, PSL returnees, Chilli Boys, have announced the signing of the keeper this morning saying they bought the player from Baroka.

City PRO, Patrick Baloyi, told the crew that there’s something wrong with Mothwa because the matter is still pending under the SAFA appeals board and still contracted to them, yet he decided to sign with Chippa.

“The guy came to our offices last week, he met with our management and he promised to be available for the pre-season. It’s disappointing to know he’s signed with Chippa United after his case is still with SAFA. It’s shocking to know he made a u-turn and signed with Chippa. I think there’s something wrong with him. We don’t talk to him behind Baroka’s back as they claim. Mothwa is our player,” said Baloyi.

The crew made attempts to reach the goalkeeper, but his mobile phone was switched off. Chippa COO, Peter Koutroulis had this to say.

“Yes, we’ve signed Mothwa from Baroka. We know the case between Baroka, the keeper and City. As far as I know, Polokwane City lost the case. He was not a free agent when we signed him, we bought him from Baroka,” said Kotroulis.

Mothwa signed a contract with Rise and Shine on 28 July 2013 and with Baroka FC at around the same time. City lodged the contract of employment with the PSL on 12 August 2013, and Baroka registered Mothwa with the league on 27 August 2013.

The player was found guilty by the PSL Dispute Resolution Chamber in November last year. The crew is in possession of the statement, and because the player signed with two clubs for the same season, the league had to determine which contract must be recognised.

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