Footballers Union of Botswana (FUB) has reported financially-troubled ECCO City Greens to the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) over the deregistration of Mandlaenkosi ‘Sukunyetsa’ Sibanda.
Kgosana Masaseng, the Head of Communications at FUB confirmed the development saying the union wrote a letter to the world football governing body a week ago in a bid to find a long lasting solution to the player’s misfortune.
“We have send a letter to FIFA reporting ECCO City Greens over deregistration of Sibanda,” confirmed Masaseng.
ECCO deregistered the lanky forward during the transfer window period to create a space for the Ghanaian striker Ishmael Amposah.
Sibanda, popularly known as Sukunyetsa in football circles, served as the sacrificial lamp because the club was experiencing a goal drought.
Before the arrival of the Ghanaian goal poacher, who has got an 80 percent scoring rate, ECCO’s foreign quota was filled with acrobatic goalkeeper, Chamunorwa Madamombe and silky midfielder, Tendai Nyumasi in their books.
“ECCO deregistered a foreign and professional player. He exists to play and football is his only source of income,” said Masaseng.
The FUB head of communications accused ECCO of depriving Sukunyetsa of some opportunities that he could have ripped as awards through playing soccer at the end of the season.
“ECCO has deprived the player of an opportunity to win the Green Boot award or the Player of the Season,” explained Masaseng.
By deregistering him, Masaseng said ECCO does not need Sukunyetsa’s services anymore.
He said ECCO should have given him a green light to join a team of his choice and continue playing the world’s most beautiful game for a living.
Currently the player is still training with the rest of the team and receiving his monthly salary from the club.
However, FUB wants ECCO to give Sukunyetsa his salaries for the remainder of his contract in a lump sum such that he can move on with his soccer career.
“ECCO terminated his contract. Why are they holding on to him?” Masaseng asked rhetorically. He said training regularly is not enough for a professional player; “He needs game time,” he said.
Masaseng lamented that age is catching up with the Zimbabwean forward.
Contacted for a comment, ECCO Secretary General Moses Jackson said the club is aware of a report to FIFA against them.
Jackson said the club is waiting for FIFA to respond but insisted that their dealings with Sukunyetsa are above board.
“As far as I know, ECCO is innocent,” said Jackson.