Lusaka dynamos report Zesco to FAZ over Mugalu
Super League side Lusaka Dynamos Football Club have reported defending Champions Zesco United for allegedly holding striker Chris Mugalu illegally.
According to a letter dated 24th July by Lusaka dynamos Club secretary Oliver Shalala addressed to Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) General Secretary Adrian Kashala, Lusaka dynamos claim Zesco United are accommodating Mugalu who is supposed to be attending preseason training with his Elite teammates.
Lusaka dynamos claim they don’t owe Mugalu money towards his salary and bonuses as he was cleared any outstanding arrears before he left for his holidays.
“Lusaka Dynamos would like to officially complain to your good office about the behavior of ZESCO United FC who have decided to take our player Chris Kope Mugalu into their care even when they know he is a contracted player of Lusaka Dynamos. Not only is he a contracted player here but he is supposed to be attending pre-season training with Lusaka Dynamos but ZESCO United have been accommodating him to the point where they even hosted him during that club’s annual awards dinner.
We have read on Social media that he had resigned from Lusaka Dynamos but we have not seen that letter of resignation and even if we had done so, the club does not owe Kope Mugalu money towards his salaries and bonuses as these were paid to his account before he even left for holidays. The proof of payment is there,” reads part of the letter accessed by the ZamFoot Crew.
The club has asked FAZ to act in the matter as they believe no club should sign or try and sign a player based on the player’s claims of status alone without due diligence with the originating club.
ZamFoot also received a separate letter which was reminding Mugalu to return to the club and start training. The club gave their captain a ten days ultimatum in which to return to the club.
This is a notice, record and reminder that you have not yet reported for training ahead of the 2019/2020 Zambia Super League Season despite numerous verbal reminders from the club and false notices on your part. As a contracted player of Lusaka Dynamos and a club captain, you are supposed to lead by example and report on time and also keep your word. We have read many stories on Social Media, which have been attributed to you flirting with other clubs, but we have not taken those seriously as we know, like you know, that you still have a valid contract with Lusaka Dynamos and all pending salaries as we know, like you know, that you still have a valid contract with Lusaka Dynamos and all pending salaries and bonuses that may have been owed to you were paid to your Eco Bank account even before you left for your holidays last month.
“You are therefore being given 10 days in which to wind up your holiday and report to the club training at 10 am on Monday 29th July 2019 at FallsWay Arena; failure to wish disciplinary proceedings, leading to Club, FAZ and FIFA sanctions, shall be commenced.”
The 2017 Super League top goalscorer has been linked with a move away from the Lusaka based side. Zesco United CEO Richard Mulenga is quoted by Lusaka times to have admitted in interest in the Congolese forward.
“He came on his way from Congo going into Lusaka and he made a stopover here, so we are hospitable and we invited him for a drink. It is a bit complicated. Mugalu right now is still contracted to Lusaka Dynamos; they are issues that he and Lusaka Dynamos must sort out. He is still their player,” Mulenga said.
“What we understand is that he has gone four months without pay, this is the fifth month, and we would like to have Mugalu as our player. They are certain things that we are doing in the background, but as for now, he is still a Lusaka Dynamos player until he sorts out his pay issue and those contractual issues that he has got with them.”
Zesco United are looking to strengthen their squad following the departure of star forward Lazarus Kambole while Lusaka dynamos are keen to keep one of the most prolific strikers in the league as they hope to challenge for the league following last season frustrating season.
Lusaka dynamos finished top of stream A but were docked six points by FAZ as a directive from FIFA in relation with failure to honor contractual obligations.
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