SAFA overturns David Zulu/Ryan Hartslief ruling by PSL's Dispute Resolution Chamber
Posted: 12 November 2015 Time: 11:01
Kaizer Chiefs striker David Zulu has won his case against his former agent Ryan Hartslief after successfully appealing through the South African Football Association.
Zulu was ordered recently by the Premier Soccer League to pay Hartslief R150 000 after the latter took the player to the League’s Dispute Resolution Chamber for breach of contract relating to Zulu’s move from Black Leopards to Chippa United for the 2014/15 season.
He then moved to Chiefs from Chippa in January 2015.
Zulu’s current agent Abbie Rasimphi of Liberate Resources Sports Management then coughed up R30 000 for the matter to be heard on appeal by SAFA, arguing that Hartslief didn’t deserve any payment as he didn’t facilitate the player’s move to the Chilli Boys. The PSL’s ruling was overturned much to Rasimphi’s delight.
“Our appeal at SAFA was successful and I received the documents confirming that yesterday,” Rasimphi tells KickOff.com.
“So Zulu doesn’t have to pay anyone. Also, we may take this matter a step higher to seek compensation for the money we spent. We have faith and confidence in our legal team and we believe that they can also move mountains for us to move freely if needs be.
“Our appeal was not based on avoiding to pay but it was just a matter of principle and to say that all people are equal before the law regardless of who you know. This is going to be a lesson to those who always making noise threatening players that ‘I will take you to court and you will pay me’. I don't have a problem when those who are deserving to get paid but I will have a concern where people become chance takers,” he adds.
Hartslief couldn’t be reached for comment.