REIGNING soccer champions Dynamos Football Club have been ordered to pay their former striker Edmore Mashiri his signing-on fees and winning bonuses totalling $2 800.
REPORT BY CHARLES LAITON SENIOR COURT REPORTER
Harare magistrate Tatenda Manhanzva granted the order in Harare on Monday after Mashiri took his former paymasters to court seeking to compel them to pay him his dues.
The matter was filed under case number 20420/12 at the Harare Magistrates’ Civil Court.
This followed the refusal by Dynamos to pay Mashiri his dues arguing he had repudiated his contract with the club when he left to play for another club before the expiry of his contract.
But the magistrate granted Mashiri, who was represented by Blessing Nyamwanza, his application as per the draft order.
Part of the order reads: “The respondent (Dynamos) pays to the applicant (Mashiri) an amount of $2 800 within seven days of this order. The respondent pays interest at the prescribed rate from the 30th December 2010 to the date of judgment and the respondent pays costs of suit.”
In the court application for the recovery of debt, Mashiri said on or about December 30, 2010, the reigning soccer champions acknowledged in writing their indebtedness to him in the claimed amount.
The express terms of the aforementioned acknowledgement of debt was for, among other payments, signing-on fees amounting to $2 000, winning bonuses of $400 in the local league and winning bonus in the Confederation of African Football (Caf) totalling $400.
A copy of the acknowledgement of debt signed by former Dynamos Football Club secretary-general Oliver Manyau attached to the application read in part: “We would like to thank you very much for the services you rendered to Dynamos Football Club. We acknowledge owing you the following amounts as at 30 December 2010 . . .”
Apparently Dynamos, who were represented by Herbert Mutasa, had argued that they did not owe Mashiri any bonuses.
“There is no way that the respondent would have incurred winning bonus arrears in respect of the applicant in connection with the Caf proceeds because the applicant left respondent’s club before the respondent even participated in the Caf competition,” Dynamos executive committee member Nyika Chifamba averred.