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Why the Nengomasha deal hit a snag

[Posted 19 Aug 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Nengomasha must be asking a question: What has gone wrong with this Qatar deal?

Tinashe Nengomasha, Kaizer Chiefs' midfield general has returned to the South Africa club after his move to Qatar club Al Ahli Doha hit a snag.

The Zimbabwean midfielder's return from Qatar has caused so much debate and speculation in South Africa over the past two weeks. Some people close to the player have confirmed that indeed the player is back from Qatar and has rejoined the Amakhosi in training.

Arguments by the Zimbabwe caretaker coach Norman Mapeza that Nengomasha has been left out of the national team because he has not yet found a club is just one of the examples of how confusing the story surrounding the midfielder's transfer is. Efforts to contact the player to get his side of the story proved fruitless this week. 

Kaizer Chiefs Football Manager Bobby Motaung this week attempted to explain the reason behind the scuppered move, without clarifying the exact reasons. It appears that there are problems regarding agreement around some aspects of the deal, which might include the package.

Responding to Kick-Off.com's inquiry as to why the player got to a point where he had to make his goodbyes to his team mates and sections of the South African media, Motaung attempted to explain what remains a bit of a mysterious transfer story.

“Initially, when he spoke to the Amakhosi magazine, the agreement was that he was moving to Doha,” Motaung told Kick-Off.com.

"Nothing went wrong with his deal (the medical examination aspect). He went for the medical tests as requested by the club [Doha]. It is now up to them to come back to us if they want the player and if they don’t agree to what we proposed then he will stay,” Motaung explained.

Without coming out clearly on exactly what happened, Motaung continued to fuel speculation as to the real reason for the breakdown of communication between Kaizer Chiefs and Al Ahli Doha. However it does appear that Motaung accuses the Qatar team of shifting goal posts in the deal.

"When we went there [to see the Doha officials], things were different from our initial correspondence with them,” added Motaung in his discussion with Kick-Off.com.

Motaung accompanied Nengomasha to France where Doha was camping for pre-season training. The General apparently completed medicals while the team was in France.

Some other unconfirmed reports indicate that Nengomasha was not pleased with the quality of training facilities and organisational matters at the Qatar club.

There is also speculation fuelled by Motaung's statements on Kick-Off.com website that the disagreement between the two sides had much to do with the package. Possibly Chiefs' valuation of their prized asset did not match what Doha was prepared to pay.

South African clubs are resolute when it comes to demanding what they believe is the worth of the players they have invested so much in through development. Just recently, Mamelodi Sundowns reportedly turned down an offer of R7 million from Terek Grozyn of Russia.

Downs  again, it is claimed, rejected an even doubled improvement of the initial offer in the region of R14 million, which could have become a record signing for a player in the local PSL.


Tinashe is held dearly by the Motaung family at Chiefs, and it is inconceivable that the Motaungs will allow him to go to any foreign club for a song. The player arrived at Naturena as an Under 20 players, having been scooped from a COSAFA Under 20 tournament.

He arrived at the Glamour Boys of South African soccer as an unknown entity. His stock has risen sharply following his consistent performances in the PSL season in, season out. He was a PSL Player of the year and Players player of the year during the 2003/2004 season.

The man they call 'Father' at the Phefeni Boys is the player his has become through Chiefs' contribution and it is easy to agree with Chiefs when they demand to be paid what the player is worth. Thats what responsible clubs should do.

Zimbabwean clubs can only learn from the stance of SA clubs when it comes to selling players for their real worth. Soccer has become big business, and if the one who developed a product called a player is not wise enough to ensure constant benefit from the movement of the player on the transfer market, the next buyer will enjoy all the benefits.

There have been reports that Zimbabwean clubs sell players to South African clubs for next to nothing. The SA clubs go on to further develop the players and reap more than 300% profit.

Benjani has been held as a case in point. Apparently there is no Zimbabwean club which has benefited from his movements on the transfer market since he left Jomo Cosmos after 2001, a season when he won the double honour of being voted Player of the Season and Players' Player of the year.

 


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