FORMER Highlanders midfielder Mthulisi Maphosa has written to the Premier Soccer League club demanding over $7 000 in unpaid fees for the period he was with Bosso.
BY THANDIWE MOYO
Maphosa had been with the Bulawayo football giants since 2011 before leaving at the end of the year. He has reportedly joined newly-promoted side Bulawayo City.
His manager, Ezra Sibanda claims his client is owed $7 200 in unpaid signing-on fees and winning bonuses.
“We wrote to Highlanders asking the club to pay what is due to him,” he said.
Sibanda claimed Maphosa was owed $1 000 in unpaid signing on fees for the 2012-2013 season, $1 200 in winning bonuses for the same season and $5 000 in signing on fees for the 2014 and 2015 season.
“We are not fighting with Highlanders. Mthulisi has a family to feed and all we are asking is for his money.”
Part of the letter dated January 14, read: “It is regrettable that the matter has reached this extent without due recognition.”
Highlanders’ chief executive officer, Ndumiso Gumede confirmed that the club had received the letter stating they had responded accordingly.
“The matter was discussed at a meeting and we have since responded to him and his manager. There are a number of issues that we raised in our response that we want them to look into,” he said.
Some of the issues that are said to have been raised include the player’s commitment in paying Pay As You Earn (Paye) tax according to his contract.
“We have asked them to find out how their client dealt with item G on his contract which has to do with Paye. We also want to ascertain how he will deal with the other matter in which he was bailed out by a member of the club. He may want the club to assist him recoup his dues,” Gumede said.
He said it was not an arrangement between Maphosa and the said member, but the latter and the club.
In 2012, Maphosa escaped a jail term for attempted murder after an unnamed Highlanders member negotiated an out-of-court settlement deal and paid.