SOUTH African Premiership football side Mpumalanga Black Aces will fork out $80 000 for the transfer of Zimbabwean striker Tendai Ndoro from Chicken Inn.
BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA,SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
According to documents in the possession of NewsDay Sport, which show the agreement between the two teams, Black Aces will pay the transfer in instalments.
The South African club has already paid $10 000 which they deposited in Chicken Inn FC’s account on September 5, 2013.
According to the agreement between the two parties, Black Aces will pay another $15 000 at the end of this month followed by another bank transfer of $20 000 next year on or before January 31.
They will then pay $15 000 on or before April 30 before completing their payment with a bank transfer of $20 000 by June 30.
Ndoro signed a one-year contract with Black Aces with an option for renewal last month after convincing the club’s technical team during trials that he was the man they wanted.
However, his dream of playing in South Africa has been temporarily put on hold with the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) declining to issue an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) arguing both the selling club and the buying club failed to close the deal by September — the cut-off date for the South African transfer window.
Zifa said the player could only be transferred in the next transfer window in January next year, but can return to play in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela said in a statement. “The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) would like to inform the football fraternity and the nation that all transfers and registration of players are processed within the transfer window period. This is in adherence to Annex 3.1 of Fifa regulations which governs the transfer and registration of players and it states that “All applications to register a professional must be submitted by the new club to the new association during one of the registration periods established by that association.
“Consequently, the transfer of player, Tendai Ndoro was not processed because South African Football Association (Safa)’s transfer window period had closed on September 2, 2013. Chicken Inn FC entered the transfer instruction into the Transfer Matching System on the September 13,2013.
“We would like the football fraternity to kindly note that the player , Ndoro, can only be transferred to Mpumalanga Black Aces FC during the second Safa transfer window period which opens on the January 1, 2014 and closes on the January 31.”
However, Chicken Inn chairman Lifa Ncube said yesterday they would wait for their lawyer Tawengwa Hara, who is attending a sports and event management course in Kenya, before making a decision on the future of the player. “We are waiting for our lawyer to decide on the way forward. That’s when we will know the future of the player,” he said.
Ndoro left the PSL as the leading goalscorer having netted 11 goals in 16 starts. He is also a member of the Warriors and scored a memorable brace during the Cosafa Cup tournament in Zambia against Lesotho.