Clearing the Tlolane clutter
Posted: 9 June 2017 Time: 20:20
KickOff.com has received the messages between agent Lizwe Mthethwa and Chippa United boss Chippa Mpengesi regarding the proposed capture of Puleng Tlolane from Polokwane City.
Mpengesi claims that Mthethwa duped him out of an advance on his agent’s fees after the latter presented Tlolane as a free agent when he is still in fact contracted to Rise and Shine.
Mthethwa has hit back, saying Mpengesi owes him fees for when he brought Thami Sangweni to Chippa at the start of 2014/15 season from Mamelodi Sundowns.
The agent also claimed the same happened with striker Lerato Manzini when he joined in 2015/16 after parting ways with Bloemfontein Celtic, and that Mthethwa and his lawyer Claudio Bollo, who was in the news recently after winning the unfair dismissal case for former Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba against SAFA, are now preparing to counter-sue Mpengesi over slander and defamation of character.
“When he [Mpengesi] inquired about my client I told him I can't work with him because he still owes me money so he must fix his previous mistakes by depositing money,” Mthethwa said.
“He is not a very honest person and I'm sure there's plenty of agents he owes money to and my lawyers are working on a counter lawsuit for slander and defamation of character. We'll be serving him with court papers very soon.”
But correspondence between Mpengesi and Mthethwa over Tlolane does not appear to tally with the agent’s version of events.
And after initially allegedly claiming he had struck a deal with SuperSport United and Cape Town City for the player, he later changes this to Bidvest Wits and City, and finally Kaizer Chiefs and City.
Below is the conversation between the two parties on the player's future, supplied by a source:
Lizwe Mthethwa: He [Tlolane] has two offers from SuperSport United and Cape Town City for R1,8-million and R1,6-million, but I was willing to give you for R1,4-million ... much lower then the other two teams. The boy is coming for free.
Chairman, the boy wants R90k [per month salary] / R400k [signing-on fee]. I'll only charge you R100k agent fees for this deal but I will need R50k upfront and the papers, and then give me 24-hours I will deliver the deal.
When you are ready give me the call, the boy wants to secure his future by end of the week, if not we will take Bidvest Wits [sic] or Cape Town City deal.
Mthethwa: I got the contract today. Congratulations! The deal is done chairman. Now I will wait for you to deliver the contract to Peter Koutrolis [CEO of Chippa United]. I have it on me and I can send the picture.
Chippa Mpengesi: Where is the contract?
Mthethwa: I'm in my office, give me an hour I will send you a picture of the last page with the player's signature and I will be waiting for the payment.
Mpengesi: Send it? I can't see it?
Mthethwa: What can't you see chairman? We need to close this deal tonight chairman. If not then I have to give the player to Cape Town City tomorrow because John Comitis is waiting for my call. He's ready to book a flight for me and him [Tlolane] to come to Cape Town tomorrow.
Mthethwa (next day): Is the Tlolane deal still on?
Mpengesi: Where is the number (bank account number)?
Mthethwa: Are you going to deposit the R50k in my account today or tomorrow? If not, please tell Peter to not even bother calling me tomorrow, I will not be meeting at the PSL with the contract as you have failed to honour our agreement. I have the invoice. I have emailed the invoice and copied Peter to it.
I need to know by today 5pm if you are taking Puleng or not chairman. Transferring the money only takes five minutes chairman. I have submitted an invoice. How will I run away with your money and not deliver the goods you paid for? I need to make a decision on this boy's future today by 5pm.
I have an offer from Kaizer Chiefs and Cape Town City. We have agreed [for you] to sign the player and he is coming here tomorrow to sign. Thank you for your time. Will you be able to transfer (the money) it today?
Mpengesi: It’s loaded and it will show tonight when I'm getting the copy of the contract.
Mthethwa: I'm having the ceremony at home in KZN on Sunday. I needed the money for that. I'm driving home tomorrow morning. The reason why I like your deal over other clubs is because you agreed to pay me upfront. Don't disappoint me chairman.
As soon as the payment reflects in my account, I will scan and email it to you. I don't mind ... I can even fly with my own money to bring it to PE on Sunday.
The only thing standing in the way of you getting the contract was the money but as soon as I have the money you get the contract. You have my word. You can even save these texts.
Mpengesi: Give me Tlolane's number? Johnny (Mogaladi, Polokwane City's chairman) says he has 5-year contract with Puleng.
Mthethwa: Tell him [Mogaladi] he's bluffing the player. He has entered the last six months of his contract and please show him this copy.
Tell him we will go to the highest court to prove this. There has never been an extension, never ever. We will go to the highest court in the land to prove this.
My father is one of the best lawyers in the country. I know what I'm doing. My lawyer has never lost one case at the PSL and never will. I will email his invoice and proof of payment.
THE CONTRACT ALLEGEDLY SIGNED BY PULENG TLOLANE