Widespread reports in the media over the weekend claim that the Gold City Giants owe the Bulawayo based club 30% of the transfer fee after Tendai Ndoro was sold to Orlando Pirates in June 2015.
The Zimbabwean club claimed that when Ndoro was sold to Black Aces in 2013, a clause was written into the contract stating that the Bulawayo-based team would receive 30% of any future move made by the player, within a five-year period.
The Warriors international signed for Orlando Pirates in June 2015 and Chicken Inn said they had not been paid their cut by Black Aces and Chicken Inn's chairman Lifa Ncube took their case to the FIFA Players' Status Committee after having failed to get any joy from the South African Football Association (SAFA).
"We've approached FIFA because we were not getting any joy after going through SAFA. We felt we were given a raw deal because when Ndoro moved we were supposed to get a certified copy of his transfer agreement, which never happened. We are now waiting for FIFA to make a ruling," said Ncube.
Aces chairman, Mario Morfou and George Morofu were surprised and slightly agitated by the stories on football websites such as Goal.com, Media24 and Yahoo Sports regarding the contractual dispute between Aces and Chicken Inn.
"Amazayoni pride itself on good administration and we also take good care of our players. Such stories damage the Aces brand and we would to encourage the media to do proper research before publishing such malicious stories."
The matter was heard by FIFA with the ruling in favour of Amazayoni who have been cleared of any wrongdoing by the governing body. A fax sent by FIFA Head of Players Status, Maja Kuster Hoffman on 29th of November 2016 states clearly that the claim by Chicken Inn had been rejected by FIFA.
The ruling was communicated to both clubs, SAFA and ZFA. Chicken Inn was given 10 days to appeal the decision and also ordered to pay the legal cost after losing the case. Chicken Inn were ordered to pay FIFA R200 000 for the costs of the hearing.
"The matter between Aces, Ndoro and Chicken Inn was cleared by FIFA late last year. The claimant was given 10 days to appeal the decision and according to our knowledge they never did, meaning they accepted the ruling made by FIFA last November. The stories published over the weekend are one-sided and Aces doesn’t owe Chicken Inn any money as everything was done by the book,” said Mario Morfou.
"The fact that this was soted out on the 29th November 2016 and six weeks later this is still circulating in the media is ostonishing and poor journalism", said George Morfou.
Alexandra Black Aces still maintains a good relationship with our former player Tendai Ndoro as well as Orlando Pirates. We wish to reassure our supporters that that club will never take advantage of another club or player as reported by media houses over the weekend.