Financially troubled Highlanders Football Club are yet to pay back Dynamos Football Club $5 000 which the Harare soccer giants forked out as down payment for the botched transfer deal for defender Zephania Ngodzo at the beginning of the 2010 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.
The Glamour Boys’ chairman, Farai Munetsi, on Sunday confirmed to NewsDay Sport that Highlanders have not paid up but was quick to note that as a club, Dynamos was considerate that the Bulawayo soccer giants were in a financial crisis.
“They have not paid. We are expecting them to pay. They are gentlemen and they have to pay. We are very understanding because we know of their financial situation. Like any other club in the PSL, they are suffering,” Munetsi said.
Munetsi said Dynamos paid $5 000 to Highlanders as deposit for the Warriors defender ahead of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Champions League but had to withdraw from the deal after Bosso’s asking price became too high.
“The asking price was too much and we should be given back our money, but like I said, a war should not be created between us and Highlanders, we are very understanding. We know their finances are not in order but we expect that if they become financially sound they will pay us back.
“They are our brothers and we don’t want to see them go down,” Munetsi said.
The Glamour Boys’ boss said he did not remember off hand what the asking price was but it was between $20 000 and $25 000.
Dynamos registered Ngodzo and a host of other players belonging to other clubs for the Champions League at the end of 2009 without the knowledge of Highlanders, which raised the ire of Bosso.
Speculation was rife at the beginning of the season that Ngodzo was joining DeMbare but Bosso called a press conference at the club offices and shot down the hearsay with the Warriors defender present.
It later turned out that Highlanders had got into a deal with the Harare soccer giants and Dynamos had actually paid $5 000 as deposit which Bosso is yet to re-imburse.
Highlanders are mired in a deep financial crisis which has seen players embark on industrial action demanding unpaid salaries, winning bonuses and allowances.
They were recently ordered to pay former coach Mohamed Fathi his salaries for three months. During the middle of the season, the Bulawayo soccer giants almost had their bus auctioned by the Deputy Sherriff owing to a debt to benefactor, Vusumuzi Dube until well-wishers settled the debt at the last minute.
No immediate comment could be obtained from Highlanders boss Themba Ndlela or secretary Andrew Tapela as they were not reachable on their mobile phones.