Zimbabwe Crackers — the team that owns Warriors midfielder Tinashe Nengomasha— is demanding R1,2 million for the transfer of the player from Kaizer Chiefs to Al Ahli Doha of Qatar.
Crackers’ claim comes after NewsDay published a story of the transfer of the player for a reported figure of R8 million and that Aces Youth Academy director, Marc Duvillard, had fraudulently sold the player to Chiefs in 2002 when it had been declared that he belonged to Crackers.
Nengomasha was on loan to Black Aces when he was sold off and Duvillard has been reported to the police for fraud involving R100 000 of the transfer fee.
On July 14, Crackers chairman Justice Nyamutsamba wrote to Zifa asking them to demand the 15% fee from Chiefs.
The letter read: “We request your good office to obtain from Kaizer Chiefs on our behalf 15% of the net transfer fee of R8 million payable to Kaizer Chiefs FC by a Qatar football club as reported in today’s NewsDay.
“This is a requirement of the contract entered into when the player was transferred fraudulently to Kaizer Chiefs by Black Aces which was authenticated by Fifa in their Player Status Committee decision of March 9 2004.”
The 15% claim comes from the contract that Aces signed with Chiefs when the player moved to South Africa on January 29 2002.
Part 5 of the agreement reads: “If the said player is sold to an overseas club, Black Aces are entitled to 15% of the transfer fee minus expenses.”
This is the money that Crackers are seeking to get through Zifa after being caught sleeping in the previous deal where they lost R100 000.
Jonathan Mashingaidze, the acting Zifa chief executive officer, was not available for comment yesterday on what action would be taken to recover the money on behalf of Crackers.
Duvillard’s phone was also unavailable to confirm whether they had received the 15% fee from Chiefs or not.
Nengomasha was loaned to Aces in 1999 together with other players like Tendai Mwarura and recalled a year later, although Aces refused to return the Warriors international and eventually sold him to Chiefs.
The case was taken to the Zifa Player Status Committee chaired by one AA Debwe on March 14 and 26 2002 to determine the status of Nengomasha.
A subsequent judgement issued showed that the player belonged to Crackers.
Part of the judgement read: “Black Aces FC returned all the other players except Nengomasha whom they loaned to Motor Action. On February 17 2001, the complainant (Crackers) wrote to Motor Action about the illegal use of Nengomasha and other players.
“It also emerged during the hearing that Black Aces FC have since transferred Nengomasha to Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa and an international clearance certificate has already been issued by Zifa. It also emerged that Nengomasha had also signed a contract with Jomo Cosmos FC of South Africa on January 28.
“Having said that, it is therefore ordered that Tinashe K Nengomasha belongs to Zimbabwe Crackers and any club interested in his services shall negotiate for such services with Zimbabwe Crackers.”
Nengomasha, who has used three names in the past: Tinashe Kudakwashe, Wellington Kudakwashe and Tinashe Washington, is now playing for Al Ahli Doha of Qatar after completing a move two weeks ago.