Phiri cleared to sign for Wits

CAPS United – a Zimbabwean club that Phiri played for prior to his move to Wits at the beginning of last month – had player movement restrictions imposed on them.

This after the High Court issued a provisional order barring them from executing any transfer of their players pending the determination of a dispute between them and businessman Nobert Chawira, who had loaned the club 55 000 US Dollars two years ago.

According to Zimbabwe daily newspaper The Herald, the Zimbabwe Football Association was also temporarily barred from issuing clearance certificates to foreign clubs, leaving the Malawian midfielder’s transfer hanging in the balance.

Phiri has in the meantime continued training with Wits while holding hope that the fiasco will be cleared up, which has since happened after Chawira reached an out-of-court settlement with CAPS regarding the debt for which players were used as security when it was taken.

“CAPS United have signed the payment plan that we drew up and the club has committed itself to paying the first tranche that will come from payment for the transfer of Gerald Phiri to Bidvest Wits, and although that will not dissolve the debt, it is a big step going forward,” Chawira is quoted as saying.

“The club has committed itself to paying various amounts for the dissolution of the debt as provided in the payment plan and we are very happy that this represents a step forward in resolving our dispute.

“It was never our intention to derail the careers of the players but just to ensure that we also get some protection for the investment that we made in the club, and we close this chapter, which has been hanging for some time.

“Because of the commitment that we have received from CAPS United, we can announce that our High Court case will be withdrawn and the club and ZIFA will now get the green-light to execute the transfer of the players.”

Phiri is now expected to have his transfer completed before the close of the PSL transfer window on Tuesday, while former Moroka Swallows midfielder Oscar Machapa has also been handed the green-light for his move to DR Congo club AS Vita.