Financially troubled Bulawayo giants Highlanders, who are failing to pay their players’ wages have been dealt another heavy blow after the Bulawayo Labour Court ordered the club to pay former coach Egyptian Mohamed Fathi his salaries from July to September.
It is not clear yet how much Bosso will have to fork out after the conclusion of the case as they were also ordered to pay Fathi gratuities at an agreed rate and pay the costs of the lawsuit.
Bosso are in financial trouble as their players were on industrial action the whole week pressing for their salaries, allowances and winning bonuses which some claim date back to August.
The order by the Labour Court president, Justice Mercy Moya-Matshanga, puts Highlanders into deeper financial troubles as the players have also threatened not to fulfill Sunday’s league match against Kiglon at Barbourfields Stadium if they are not paid their dues in full.
The ruling on Wednesday reads: “Respondent (Highlanders) is in the circumstances ordered to abide by the terms of the contract and pay the Applicant (Fathi) all the monies due to him and his manager (Omega Sibanda).
“Both parties are fully aware of the figures involved and as a result there is no need for quantification. It is thus ordered that the Respondent pays the Applicant a sum of $4 000 000 a month for the months July, August and September 2009. That gratuity be paid at the agreed rate up to the date of resignation. That the Respondents pay the costs of this application.”
Fathi gave Highlanders a one month’s notice of resignation in August over unpaid salaries, allowances and gratuities.
His letter of resignation was accepted by Highlanders.
Meanwhile, Highlanders players yesterday vowed that they will not play tomorrow’s league match if they are not paid their dues in full.
One senior player said their patience with the executive had been stretched too far .
“We have resolved as players that we are not playing Sunday’s match until we are paid all our money. The pressure is coming from where we live. They treat us like children as if they do not know that we have wives and children to look after. That is where the pressure is coming from. As for me, my wife has been on my neck asking me what I am working for and to me that makes a lot of sense,” the player said.
Efforts to get a comment from Highlanders were fruitless yesterday as secretary Andrew Tapela’s was not reachable on his mobile phone and chairman Themba Ndlela’s phone went unanswered.