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The plot thickens in Kule Mbombo transfer debacle as AmaZulu sue the player and AS Vita

Posted: 15 June 2017 Time: 20:51

AmaZulu general manager Lunga Sokhela confirms the club will be taking AS Vita to FIFA over the transfer debacle involving Kule Mbombo.

The signing of the 21-year-old DR Congo hitman was announced by Usuthu on June 16 last year, the club revealing that a three-year deal was in place.

However, Congolese giants AS Vita later refuted claims the striker - who scored home and away against Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League preliminary stages last year - had been signed by the National First Division outfit.

Subsequently, Mbombo signed for Belgium side RSC Anderlecht and was listed as one of their reserve league players for last season.

Sokhela, who was recently answerable to FIFA over a matter involving the unlawful dismissal of Namibian player Pinehas Jakob, says the matter of Mbombo is now in the hands of football's world governing body and the club will be suing both Vita and the player.

"We have taken the matter to FIFA. I think now they [Vita] are backtracking on what they were trying to do which was reneging on perfectly legal deal," Sokhela tells KickOff.com.

"So the matter is now in the hands of FIFA. The reason why he didn't [come] was maybe greed and next thing Anderlecht came. He signed with us and the next thing Anderltch came and he thought 'aah, let me just go to Belgium and these guys will probably not do anything.'

"What we have done, we've sued both parties but mostly the player for the breach of a contract; the value of the contract and the money we spent. We spent about R250,000 going up and down to Congo, booking hotels, flying in and all that and he reneged on the deal.

"But we didn't play him immediately after the deal in terms of the package but that was going to happen when he passes his medical and everything in South Africa but there was a contract in place between us and them [Vita].

"Now, they are trying to find legal means and gaps to try and absolved themselves and so is the player. And what I'm hearing is that his uncle is helping and that is what he [Mbombo] is telling me."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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