By Sibongiseni Zondi | 2017-11-15
SOCCER - ERSTWHILE Mbabane Highlanders coach Alou Badara is demanding E24 000 from the club and has threatened not to vacate the club’s house he currently occupies until he is paid the money.
Badara,who had been under intense pressure, parted ways with Highlanders about two weeks ago after what was an indifferent start to the season. Before their parting, the Highlanders management had given Badara an ultimatum to win an MTN Premier League match against Young Buffaloes on October 31 or face the sack. The coach decided that ultimatum was too big and met with the club’s management where they decided to part ways.
The Malian mentor, now head coach of National First Division side Hub Sundowns, is demanding E24 000 from his former employers, E12 000 which is salary pay and the other E12 000 which is notice pay, according to a well placed source inside the club.
“The coach wants his money. He has told the club he won’t vacate the house they gave him in Lobamba until they pay him the money,” the source said. When reached for comment, Badara confirmed Highlanders owed him money and that the club had promised to pay him.
“For all the details please contact the relevant people at the club (Highlanders) but yes there is money they owe me. They have promised me that I will get my payment. I have been dealing with the Chairman (Zweli Jele) whom I respect so much and the correspondence I have been getting from him is that they will sort it out soon. I trust the chairman and I am a patient person,” he said.
Badara also confirmed that he was still occupying the house the club gave him in Lobamba but could not be drawn to comment on whether he was using the house as leverage over the money due to him. “Yes, I am still occupying the house,” he added. When sought for comment on Monday, Highlanders’ Head of Secretariat Mpumelelo Mnisi said he had not received any correspondence from the directors on the matter. “I will have to check with the directors first,” he said.
When contacted again yesterday, Mnisi said he had still not received any updates from the club’s directors on the matter. Highlanders have replaced Badara with South African coach Mlungisi ‘Professor’ Ngubane, who was unveiled as the new coach last Friday. Ngubane will make his Highlanders bow on Sunday in a league match against Moneni Pirates at the Somhlolo National Stadium.
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