AmaZulu reluctantly toe the FIFA line

Premiership

The PSL on Friday announced they had taken away six points from Usuthu, who consequently plummeted to the bottom of the log where their tally now reads as one point from six games.

The League said they were following FIFA's instructions after AmaZulu failed to comply with a directive from the world footballing body stemming from a disciplinary incident dating back to 2014.

Usuthu were hauled to court over the unlawful termination of Namibian player Nambandi's contract. He penned a three-year deal with the club in 2013 from Tigers FC, but only spent a single season in Durban, playing once, before being released.

However, he successfully contested his dismissal with the assistance of the Namibian FA and the South African Football Players' Union.

FIFA ordered the Durban outfit to pay the R108 6000 claimed by Nambandi and a fine of R150 000, before the case was taken on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

CAS then upheld the sanction and gave AmaZulu until August 16 to fulfill their obligation to the player, but this was not done.

FIFA threatened that the club faces relegation to the National First Division if they continue to ignore their decree.

Usuthu general manager Lunga Sokhela previously said the club was registered as a different, now-defunct entity when Nambandi was signed and therefore did not believe they were in the wrong.

However, AmaZulu team manager Qedusizi Dlamini says the club will now pay the money under duress.

"As the club we have decided that we'll pay that money, hence we are fighting, but we have to pay," Dlamini tells KickOff.com.

Dlamini says the club didn't receive a response from FIFA when they stated their case in correspondence.

"I don't think they [listened to our reasons], because there was no response," Dlamini says.

"I won't say they listened to them and I won't say they didn't listen to them ... [If they did] they should have sent us responses to our arguments."

Dlamini says they also tried engaging with the PSL and SAFA over their stance with little joy.

He adds: "The club is affiliated to the PSL so that is obvious. Whatever you do you communicate with the PSL. If you don't get that [joy] then you move to SAFA, but it's the PSL first and that's how we report.

"If you don't get any joy you proceed to SAFA. We tried that but we never got any response up until they called Lunga to a meeting with the PSL. There were letters we sent to them that had proof."

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