SAFPU clarifies Majoro mess
Lehlohonolo Majoro (AP Photo)
Johannesburg - The South African Football Players Union (SAFPU) have cleared the air regarding Lehlohonolo Majoro
's controversial transfer to Orlando Pirates.
According to Soccer Laduma's website
, Majoro's move to Pirates, which was concluded outside of the regular transfer window, was a legal one as SAFPU held Chiefs in breach of Majoro's contract after suspending him without pay.
In a statement released by SAFPU, Majoro is cleared to play for his new club with immediate effect after correctly following through with the registration process and will not be putting Pirates at any risk of fielding an ineligible player and as a result, having points deducted.
Majoro's former club Chiefs as well as his now estranged agent Tim Sukazi have stated that they will be seeking legal action against the Bafana Bafana striker even after agreeing to terminate his contract at Naturena last week after the case went through the PSL dispute resolution chamber (PSL DRC), which has resulted in Majoro becoming a free agent and thus, facilitating his move to the Buccaneers.
“The statement made by Chiefs that Majoro did not have to go to the DRC to force an end to his contract and declare him a free agent, is incorrect and misconceived," said SAFPU’s general secretary, Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe.
"The union on behalf of Majoro referred the matter to the DRC due to Chiefs' conduct and ill treatment of him as a professional player.
"The way Chiefs treated Majoro in the last few months, withholding his monthly salaries etc. left the player with no other choice other than to approach the DRC.
"Chiefs in no way can be seen as the saviour of Majoro, however rather as the club who almost ended a great career of a talented professional footballer."
Gaoshubelwe went onto state that the fact that the DRC declared Majoro a free agent, means that he is eligible to play for Pirates and was within his rights to claim a settlement from his former club as agreed upon in the DRC.