- The reigning DStv Premiership champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, have dragged former coach Pitso Mosimane to court over an agent commission payment
- Mosimane left Sundowns last year to join Al Ahly but it seems his union with the Tshwane giants is set for an ugly ending
-Media reports suggest that Sundowns want Mosimane and his wife, Moira Tlhagale, to pay back a staggering R8 million after leaving the club to join Ahly
- A Sunday publication has it that Sundowns have taken the matter against Mosimane to the Johannesburg High Court
Mamelodi Sundowns are suing Pitso Mosimane for allegedly reneging on paying the club a staggering R8 million for an agent commission.
It is reported that Sundowns are demanding that Mosimane and his wife, Moira Tlhagale, pay back an agent commission of almost R8 million linked to a staggering R1.5 million salary per month he had been receiving from the team.
Sunday World reports that the Brazilians filed papers in the Johannesburg High Court on Wednesday in which they seek a court order to force Mosimane and Moira Tlhagale Sports Marketing and Management, owned by Mosimane’s wife, Tlhagale, to pay back the money after the duo refused to do so.
Mosimane resigned from Sundowns in 2020 to join Egyptian Premier League giants Al Ahly and media reports surfaced that his exit had not been a friendly one.
Sources within the Chloorkop-based club suggest that Pitso had refused to comply with an ultimatum from then -club president Patrice Motsepe to apologise or face a disciplinary hearing for the remarks he made to the club’s fans during a post-match interview after winning the league. Mosimane said at the time:
“I had a lot of pressure inside and outside, people doubting me, but these boys made it possible for me to look back at those people to say, what are you saying now? Look at me now. But it’s not about being vindictive. It’s a message, it’s a football message.”
It is reported that the new DStv Premiership champions had field papers through Bowman Gilfillan lawyers and said on 20 May that Tlhagale and the club signed a “head coach agreement” in which Sundowns employed Mosimane on a 48-month fixed-term contract starting from 1 June and expected to run until 31 May, 2024.
They argued that the club paid Tlhagale’s company R8 632 260, which was a 10% agent commission, for securing Mosimane’s signature to the club.
Sundowns' lawyers said the club paid the commission upfront instead of dividing and paying it out for every season that Mosimane completed as an employee of the club. The papers read:
“The second defendant was therefore employed by the plaintiff for four of the 48 months contemplated by the head coach agreement. As a result of the termination of the second defendant’s employment on 30 September 2020, the plaintiff is owed R7 912 905 of the commission for the 44 months that the second defendant will not be in the employ of the plaintiff.”
Moreover, the contract further said the club agreed to pay Mosimane between R5 000 and R8 000 for every match he won and 10% of every prize money the club would receive for winning any of the official PSL, Confederation of African Football (CAF), and or FIFA competitions.
The club accuses Mosimane of having terminated his contract on 30 September after coaching the team for only four months of the 48-month contract.
The South African also reports that Mosimane’s bumper salary during his highly successful reign at Sundowns has been revealed in what can now be described as an ‘ugly divorce’.
Mosimane’s new bumper contract at the Brazilians have been revealed the club reportedly turned to the South African legal system to get their R8 million back.
Meanwhile, Briefly News reported that Ahly have added another piece of silverware to their trophy cabinet after beating Renaissance Berkane of Morocco 2-0.
Mosimane has helped the Egyptian outfit to win the African Super Cup on Friday. This was the seventh time Al Ahly have hoisted the African Super Cup trophy and with this addition, the team is officially Africa's most successful team.
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