I've not bought Motor Action: Jere

HARARE - Businessman Farai Jere has refuted claims he has purchased a majority shareholding of financially-troubled Castle Lager Premiership side Motor Action.

Jere, who quit CAPS United towards the end of last year following irreconcilable differences with club president Twine Phiri over the shareholding structure of the club, said he has no intentions of coming back into football before he recover his  money from CAPS.

Jere claims he is over a million dollars by the former champions.

 “I don’t have any intentions to come back into football any time soon. Yes they say once in football always in football but not any time soon. I don’t know where (Godfrey) Mathanda got this story from,” said Jere in reference to his advisor Mathanda, who appeared to confirm the Motor Action deal in a newspaper report.

“For a record I am not joining Motor Action or any club for that matter. Motor Action director Mr Eric Rosen approached me at my Eastlea offices with a partnership proposal.

“I told him that I still have unfinished business with CAPS United. I have to first recover my 25% shareholding in CAPS United and recover my $1.4million.

“(Lawyer) TK Hove is working on recovering my 25% shareholding in CAPS United which disappeared from his (Twine Phiri) office.

“Only after recovering and disposing of those shares and recovers my $1.4million which I invested in CAPS United since 2005 up to the end of 2012 season can I move forward. I can’t lose all that and keep quiet.”

Mathanda has since apologised to Jere.

“Mathanda send me an email apologising for talking to the press on my behalf without my concern. I just wake up and find such a damaging article in the paper.”

Read Mathanda’s e-mail: “Thanks for candid talk this evening and my very sincere apologies for any inconveniences I may have caused you and your family.

“Please accept this apology without any reservations whatsoever. Intentions were not bad but like you rightfully said, the timing was bad because we have better things coming and we don’t want the mood disturbed.

“I don’t want anything that makes you angry or unhappy and I pray to God above that our relationship remain intact. Remain blessed in Christ Jesus.”

Sources told the Daily News yesterday that Mathanda, a registered player agent, is hoping to secure contracts form some of his players at Motor Action, hence his keen interest in having Jere acquire the Harare club. - Enock Muchinjo and Godknows Matarutse

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