'Cosmos breached Rusike's contract'

HARARE - The Premier Soccer League Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) has revealed the factors that freed Kaizer Chiefs striker Matthew Rusike from Jomo Cosmos.

Rusike concluded his move to Chiefs on a three-year deal recently after the DRC ruled in his favour after a contract dispute with Cosmos.

But it turns out Cosmos breached his original contract, according to a statement from the League.

The DRC reveals: “On September 13, the DRC ruled that Rusike is a free agent.

“The DRC found that on probability, the evidence supported a conclusion that there had not been a valid exercise of the option to renew the contract between Jomo Cosmos and Rusike, or alternatively even if the club had properly exercised the option, there had not been an acceptance by the player to conclude a binding contract between the club and the player.

“The DRC further noted the claim by the player that the club (Cosmos) had not paid his salary for some of the months under the original contract and concluded that the failure to pay the player’s salary is breach of the contract,” the statement adds.

Cosmos boss Jomo Sono said last week that he withdrew the appeal following discussions with his kids, but added that: “Pursuing this case further may have negative ramifications as we don’t want Chiefs supporters attacking us in the streets thinking we don’t want to release Rusike to them.” — Kickoff.com

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