This website broke the news on Wednesday that Sundowns sent Chippa United a letter on September 18 demanding that they pay Manqele what’s due to him after he wasn’t paid his salary and signing-on-fee following his loan move to Chippa.
However, it has now come to KickOff.com’s attention that the Chilli Boys did try to get the player to travel to Port Elizabeth, but Sundowns allegedly blocked the trip and later on stopped the player from training at Chloorkop.
“Chippa United are not to blame in this whole thing,” a source claims.
“Listen, this thing is simple. Chippa agreed to the loan deal and signed the relevant documents on 27 August 2014, but when they requested that Manqele join them for training in PE Sundowns refused. So why would Chippa pay Manqele’s (September) salary when the player is not with them? Why did Sundowns stop Manqele from going to PE? Sundowns must explain that.
“The reason Manqele is not at Chippa is because Sundowns stopped him from going there and then stopped him from training at Chloorkop. As you know, this matter will be heard by the PSL’s Dispute Resolution Chamber very soon and the way I see it, Chippa are not to blame,” the source adds.
Our source’s claim is supported by a letter, in our possession, that Chippa sent to Sundowns, specifically to acting general manager Yogesh Singh, on September 5, which was signed off by chairman Chippa Mpengesi – exactly 13 days before Sundowns sent their own letter to Chippa.
Chippa’s letter to Sundowns reads:
“This letter serves to request that you allow Edward Manqele to come train with us from Monday 8 September 2014. We are aware of the formalities regarding the players status that require resolution and we fully trust that these will be resolved between all relevant parties. Our intent of having the player with us for the current season however is clear and we therefore accordingly request that you indulge us as per the above. We hope that the above will meet with your favourable.”
As KickOff.com reported on September 2, Chippa may have failed to register the player for the season because they have apparently exhausted their loan quota for the 2014/15 season.
However, it is understood that Chippa were willing to honour the contract while trying to sort out the player’s registration with the League. As it stands, Manqele’s representatives are taking both Sundowns and Chippa to the League’s Dispute Resolution Chamber and it is then that it would be established which team is at fault.
Sundowns’ media officer Thulani Thuswa says the club will not comment on this matter for now.