Chippa could not pay for Zimbabwean twins ‘because of fragile SA economy’

TOUGH TIMES: The Chippa United team which took on Wits in a Nedbank Cup fixture in Johannesburg last month
TOUGH TIMES: The Chippa United team which took on Wits in a Nedbank Cup fixture in Johannesburg last month
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Chippa United COO Lukhanyo Mzinzi says they have entered into a payment arrangement with Zimbabwean side FC Platinum regarding outstanding transfer fees for twin brothers Kevin and Elvis Moyo.

FC Platinum reportedly were considering dragging Chippa United to global ruling body Fifa for their failure to keep up with payments regarding the two defenders‚ who moved to Port Elizabeth on two-year contracts in July last year.

“We sorted the matter between us and FC Platinum last week and there is no issue,” Mzinzi said yesterday.

“They [Platinum] wrote to Fifa on this matter but we have given assurances to them [Fifa] that we will keep up with payments as per agreements and this matter has been dealt with.” 

Asked for the reasons Chippa have failed to keep up with payments‚ Mzinzi said it was because the SA the economy was fragile.

“You know that the economy is fragile at the moment, but we have an arrangement with FC Platinum and we are on the same page with them‚” he said‚ declining to say how much is owed to the Zimbabweans.

Zimbabwe’s The Herald newspaper recently quoted FC Platinum media officer Chido Chizondo confirming that the club were still owed money by Chippa for the players.

“I know that there is non-payment for the players and they [Chippa] have committed to dates‚ so we will wait‚” Chizondo told the Herald.

He denied reports that Platinum had approached Fifa on the matter.

Chippa will hope this matter does not distract the two players as the team are involved in a battle to avoid relegation.

The PE club sit precariously in the bottom half of the Absa Premiership with seven matches remaining.

Their fight for survival continues today as new coach Rulani Mokwena takes charge of his first game when Chippa meet Wits at Bidvest Stadium (kickoff 8.15pm), where the Chilli Boys will aim for nothing less than the three points on offer.

Kevin Moyo has played 23 league matches for Chippa in 2019-20 and Elvis seven.