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By Melusi Mlotsa | 2022-06-23

SOCCER – THE Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has given Moneni Pirates 45 days to pay their former striker Laurent Abah E90 000 for breach of contract or face the consequences.

This is after the world governing football body’s Dispute Resolution Chamber ruled in favour of the Cameroon-born striker in his dispute against the Manzini giants.

In a letter in possession of this publication, Pirates have been ordered to pay E90 000 as compensation for a breach of contract. This is in addition to five per cent payment dating from January 19, 2021 until June 1, 2021, which is the date of effective payment.

“The claim of the claimant, Laurent Abah is accepted. Full payment including all applicable interest shall be made in bank account indicated in the enclosed bank account registration form,” reads part of the ruling by FIFA.

As in adherence of article 24 of the Regulations on the Status and transfer of players in full payment (including all applicable interest), Pirates have been warned that if the payment is not made within 45 days of notification of the ruling, the following consequences will apply:
n The respondent (Pirates) shall be banned from registering any new players either nationally or international up until the due amount is paid.

The maximum duration of the ban shall be up to three entire and consecutive registration periods.

The matter shall be submitted upon request, to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in the event that full payment (including all applicable interest) is not made by the end of three and consecutive registration periods.

The consequence shall be only enforced at the request of the claimant in accordance with Article 24 paragraphs 7-8 and Article 25 of the regulations on the status and transfer of players. In the letter signed by FIFA’s Head of Players’ Status Erika Montemor Ferreira, it is further stated that should any of the parties wish to get the grounds of the decision, a written request must be received by FIFA within 10 days of receipt of notification of the findings of the decision. 

It has been stated that failure to do so within the stated deadline will result in the decision becoming final and binding hence the relevant party will be deemed to have waived their right to appeal.
Meanwhile, Pirates President Osborne Nzima said they were yet to receive the news. “‘We haven’t received any correspondence from anyone, therefore, it’s news to us,” he said.

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