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Mzambiya’s compensation antics backfire

Publishing Date : 20 November, 2017


Former Senior national team winger Phenyo ‘Mzambiya’ Mongala’s best laid plans to trick BDF XI  into paying him medical compensation have frantically collapsed after the club downright told him off- saying he sustained his recurring knee injury outside his line of duty.

The player had claimed to have sustained the injury while playing for the Army side, but following protracted talks with the club, the player somersaulted, and rather apologized for his tricks. The two parted ways in a hostile fashion after the player’s two year contract was not renewed by the club. Thereafter, the player alerted the team of his injury saying he wants compensation as the injury had literally ended his career.

The player, according to the team media liaison Pius Kolagano consulted with a private doctor for examination and issued the team with a letter showing them how drastic the injury was. On the other hand Matebele’s management refuted the player’s contention saying they had their own medical personnel who would do their own screenings and offer the player treatment.

Matebele further argued that at the time Mongala left, he had never highlighted anything about the injury. “When we parted he never alluded to anything about it (injury) but he went to Centre Chiefs where he played some friendly games there and went for trials at South Africa then he came back to us after 365 days demanding compensation, unfortunately we couldn’t help anyhow.”

After a series of meetings between the two the matter was put to bed last week Thursday. “Yes we did meet and the report I got is the player apologized after lengthy negotiations and we agreed with that because to be honest there was nothing we can do for the player,” Kolagano said.

For a long time BDF XI and players’ representatives have been negotiating with the team demanding empirical evidence from a credible doctor as to whether the player was injured donning their regalia. “The letter he gave us from the doctor did not have a letter head and we questioned its credibility, moreover we offered him our own medical amenities but he doesn’t want them,” team spokesperson Kolagano added.

Mongala was part of the historic 2012 Zebras squad that qualified for the AFCON finals. He played for the untouchable Under 23 (dream team) Township Rollers and plied the better part of his services in the South African league including giants Orlando Pirates. It is after his return from South Africa that he played for Chiefs before BDF snatched him on a two year deal.

BDF, Zikhale in a similar dispute

After concluding the Mongala issue, the team will have to engage with their former player Boitshoko Zikhale over a similar matter. Zikhale, just like Mongala is injured and BDF XI won’t help him anyhow as they say by the time the player sustained the injury his probation period had elapsed. The matter however is still on with other stakeholders like Football Union of Botswana (FUB) expected to intervene.



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