Bosso payment deadline approaches

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Financially-troubled Highlanders have until weekend to pay $17 000 they owe to former coach Mohamed Fathi as agreed in a payment plan made a fortnight ago.

Sometime last month, Highlanders property, including the team bus, almost went under the hammer until the parties involved agreed that the money owed to the coach would be paid this week.

Highlanders’ lawyer, Zibusiso Ncube of Phulu and Ncube, on Tuesday confirmed that the Bulawayo soccer giants have until Sunday to pay the money as agreed.

“We were given two weeks and from my reading that goes to April 17. Something has to be done. You can phone the chairman and find out the position,” Ncube said.

Highlanders chairman Themba Ndlela on Tuesday said the club would make a statement on the matter on Friday.

“We will advise on that issue on Friday,” Ndlela said.
Fathi’s lawyer Shepherd Chamunorwa of Calderwood, Bryce and Henrie yesterday told NewsDay Sport that he had not received any communication from Highlanders regarding the payment.

Omega Sibanda, Fathi’s manager, also said he had not heard from Bosso as of Tuesday.

Bosso survived auctioning of their property after making a payment plan with representatives of former coach Fathi at the end of last month. The property of the Bulawayo soccer giants was attached by deputy sheriff over Fathi’s unpaid dues last month.

Before the property went under the hammer, Highlanders managed to sweet-talk Fathi’s lawyers and it was agreed that the money would be paid in two weeks.

Earlier attempts by Highlanders to recover the property through the courts hit a brick wall after High Court judge Justice Maphios Cheda dismissed their urgent chamber application advising the two feuding parties to settle the matter out of court.

The attached Highlanders property includes the team bus, computers, sofas, television set, a double-door fridge, tables, balls and office chairs.