- AmaZulu FC could be docked with six league points or a fine of R1 million for failing to abide by FIFA ruling
- FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee ordered the club to comply with a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling regarding a player dispute or face a financial or points penalty
- AmaZulu have yet to comply with either ruling which led the SA Football Players Union to ask SAFA to enforce the points or financial penalty
AmaZulu FC is facing the prospect of being docked six premier league points or paying a R1 million fine for failing to abide by a FIFA Disciplinary Committee (DC) ruling which ordered the club to comply with an earlier ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The original ruling by CAS is related to a player dispute between AmaZulu and Namibian player Phinheas Nambandi. The Durban club has yet to comply with that ruling and the South African Football Players Union has asked SAFA to enforce the FIFA imposed fines.
Nambandi was fired from the club in 2014 while he still had three years on his contract. Nambandi asked Safpu to intervene in the matter and together they lodged a complaint with FIFA after all attempts to settle the dispute came to nothing.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Safpu tried to settle the case for more than a year before finally approaching FIFA in June 2016. Nambandi was open to settling the dispute for R300 000, much less than the value of his contract.
TimesLive.co.za reported that Nambandi was willing to settle because he was struggling financially and was in desperate need to fulfil various commitments.
FIFA ruled in favour of Nambandi in the matter and ordered AmaZulu to pay the player an amount of R1.086 million for being in clear and obvious breach of contract. FIFA also ordered the club to pay an additional five per cent interest per year from June 2014.
AmaZulu were incensed with the FIFA ruling and approached CAS in a bid to have the ruling declared invalid. CAS duly ruled in favour of Nambandi.
AmaZulu ignored both rulings and made no attempt to settle their debt with Nambandi which led the matter back to FIFA, this time the matter was heard by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee who ordered AmaZulu to make a full and final payment to Nambandi by no later than 16 September 2018.
AmaZulu has once again missed the deadline given to it by FIFA seemingly keeping to the word of acting chairperson Lunga Sokhela who last week said in an interview Nambandi would not receive a cent from the club.
Safpu has now asked the South African Football Association (SAFA) to step in and deduct points from AmaZulu.
AmaZulu has now forced SAFA into a corner, the association must comply with the FIFA order or face being expelled from the world football governing body.
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