Dynamos have been sucked into a nasty row with a UK-based businessman Lyndon Miles — the owner of micro-finance lending company Quoto Finance, over the transfer of forward Benjamin Marere to northern region Division One outfit Highfield United.
Marere, who starred for Dynamos and was instrumental in their challenge for the league title last term, signed a three -year deal with Highfield United following the expiry of his contract with the Harare soccer giants. But his move has sparked controversy with the businessman charging that the transfer was “illegal and a clear breach of contract” by Dynamos.
Miles told NewsDay Sport that he had secured the rights to Marere after Dynamos failed to pay the $10 000 loan he advanced to them in June last year when they wanted to pay Chapungu United for the services of the then chief striker Cuthbert Malajila.
The money was borrowed to pay the airforce side part of the loan fees for the use of Malajila, who is now plying his trade in Libya after moving from Tunisia’s Club Africain.
Miles could, however, not disclose how much Dynamos owed him to date.
NewsDay Sport understands that the debt has ballooned to over $15 000.
Miles said he was surprised by the developments as he was not aware of Marere’s transfer despite having been in contact with Dynamos chairman Farai Munetsi last week.
Dynamos secretary Oliver Manyau said they were not at liberty to discuss the club’s financial matters with the media, particularly those regarding their debtors and creditors.
“As far as we know, we did not mortgage any player,” he added.
However, Highfield United chairman Zivanayi “Zifa” Chiyangwa maintained his team did everything above board and this was a Dynamos problem.
Cash-strapped Dynamos, who have been hit by a massive player exodus — including key players they had registered for the 2011 African Champions League campaign over their failure to fulfil promises which they made to the players — have been using players as “security” to obtain loans.
The ceding of players to micro-finance lending companies is tantamount to selling the players to the lenders, who would have the rights over the players in the event of failure to pay.
Meanwhile, Dynamos yesterday maintained that they were determined to hold onto striker Evans Gwekwerere and said they were not aware that the striker had signed for Caps United.
Manyau said they were still negotiating with Gwekwerere for him to change his decision.
“We are running around to secure a package for all the players we want for this season and this includes Gwekwerere. We have not released a clearance for him to join Caps United because as far as we know he has not signed for any club,” said Manyau.