FARPost has reliably been informed that Polokwane City have lodged a formal complaint to the Premier Soccer League against neighbours Baroka over midfielder Themba Chauke.
Chauke was announced amongst the new signings by Bakgaga on September 9, on a two-year contract.
But it turns out the 27-year-old still had two-years left on his contract with Rise and Shine with an option to renew for a further two-years by the club.
The midfielder trained with Baroka for two weeks, but the club was unable to register him for the new season because he didn’t have a transfer clearance.
Baroka Marketing Manager Richard Mashabane has confirmed to this publication that his club has since told the player to leave and sort out his matters with City.
“Chauke’s problem is not our problem because he came to the club without a clearance,” said Mashabane.
“We found out that he still had a contract with Polokwane City. So him and his agent were not honest with us because they told us that Polokwane City have released him.
“But the moment we wanted to sign him we found out that he didn’t have a clearance so there is nothing we can do. That’s why we told him to return to Polokwane City because we don’t want to see our relationship with Polokwane City jeopardised,” he said.
Polokwane City COO Tincy Tema declined to comment saying the matter is sub judice.
Chauke could face a two-year ban from football if found guilty of signing two contracts.
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By Ofhani Munyai