HARARE - Dynamos president Kenny Mubaiwa is in the eye of a storm after stunning revelations that he threatened not to issue Blessing Moyo a transfer clearance following the defender’s move to Harare City last week.
Moyo joined the Sunshine Boys following the expiry of his contract with the Harare giants which seems to have frustrated the DeMbare boss.
The 22-year-old’s contract with Dynamos officially ended on December 31, 2015 and that the Glamour Boys failed to negotiate with the player before the final six months of his contract meant that their junior product became free to engage into talks with prospective clubs.
Moyo, who is currently in camp with the national team preparing for the 2016 African Nations Championship (Chan) finals in Rwanda later this month was the second player to leave Dynamos for City after Ronald Chitiyo’s earlier departure.
While Mubaiwa could not be reached for comment yesterday, he last week revealed to the Daily News that he was not happy with how Moyo and his agent had handled the move.
“(Blessing) Moyo signed for City. He came to us today (yesterday) with a guy who claimed to be representing him identified as Mugoni, saying he has signed for City,” said Mubaiwa.
“We have been negotiating with him all along but it seems he had already made up his mind of going to City. We have been in talks with him for some time only for him (Moyo) to tell us that this Mugoni guy has forced him to join City.
“He has been lying to us when he knew he is going but such things are expected in football.”
Harare City released a statement on their facebook page yesterday insisting that their new signing has been receiving “nasty messages” from Mubaiwa but declined to reveal the contents of the messages.
“Harare City Football Club only spend what the council has approved and cannot punch above their financial weight as many people seem to think,” read the statement.
“But that too, has not deterred the likes of Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa who has been sending nasty messages on Moyo’s phone, threatening not even to release the clearance.
“The club will not take that personal and therefore will not publish the contents of the messages as we understand that no club is happy when one of its good players decamps.”
Mubaiwa’s threats are not likely to be taken lightly by the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe, which represents players’ rights and has been fighting clubs taking advantage of local players.
With DeMbare not participating in Africa it is not a secret that the former champions are likely to face competition in attracting good players.
The Harare giants could also lose more players and midfield hardman Stephen Alimenda is linked with a move to newboys — Mutare City while goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi has revealed he will not be renewing his contract with the former champions.