Gaborone - The International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) has blacklisted three clubs from SADC member states by advising players not to sign for them.
The teams are relegated BTC Premiership side Black Forest FC from Botswana, Zambia Super League side Lusaka Dynamos and Lusaka City Council, also from Zambia. The international football federation took to Twitter last week to warn players against signing for the three teams allegedly due to repeated non-payment of salaries.
According to FIFPro, other clubs warned are Tunisian sides Club Africain and Chabab Rif Al Hoceim. Immediate comment from Black Forest chairperson Stan Kekobilwe was not available as his mobile phones rang unanswered.
While it is not yet clear how many players left the team due unpaid salaries, Black Forest coach, Reetsang Letlole, said they lost most of their quality players to teams that were paying better salaries. He said they tried to replace them but their absence was still being felt. The result is that the team was relegated during the just-ended season.
Botswana Football Association (BFA) has since issued a directive barring premier league clubs that owe players salaries and tax levies from registering new players. Botswana Premier League’s secretary general, Setete Phuthego, explained that the directive was brought in to help teams so that they do not incur more debts.
“The teams are complying at this point in time, as we have indicated that teams with overdue payables should not sign players,” he said.
Footballers Union of Botswana (FUB) secretary general, Kgosana Masaseng, was recently quoted as saying that a number of clubs in Botswana were failing to honour their financial obligations to players.
“Most clubs have cases of failing to pay players. Eight have cases. We are talking about only six clubs that are able to pay their players consistently, the rest are struggling,” Masaseng said.
Reports from Zambian media indicate that in April this year, the Fifa Disciplinary Committee sanctioned Lusaka Dynamos with a deduction of three points on the league standings for failure to honour contractual obligations towards Ghanaian player Abdul Latif Mohammed.
In April last year, former Lusaka Dynamos player, Nseumo Dongue George Isis, took Lusaka Dynamos to the High Court demanding payment of K200 000 (about US$15 000) for termination of his employment.