Newly signed Azam FC striker Prince Dube’s former school’s attempts to get compensation for the Zimbabwean international looks likely to hit a brickwall after it emerged all Tanzanian clubs fall under category IV and therefore exempt from paying that fee.
Dube joined Azam from Bulawayo giants Highlanders last week for a fee of about R400 000 and his former school Somvubu Secondary School demanded a training and education fee compensation.
According to Article 2, subsection 2 of Annexure 4 of the Fifa Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP), training compensation is not due if: (i) the former club terminates the player’s contract without just cause (without prejudice to the rights of the previous clubs) or (ii) the player is transferred to a category four club or (iii) a professional re-acquires amateur status on being transferred.
Categorisation of clubs and or association is done in order to calculate the compensation costs.
In Circular number 1726 sent to football associations by Fifa secretary-general Fatma Samoura on July 30 this year, only 17 African countries, Algeria, Burundi, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Libya,Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Togo and Tunisia have clubs outside category IV.
This means had the former Highlanders talisman gone to a club of one of the 17 countries, then the Bubi district-based school would have been entitled to some compensation.
Custodians of secondary schools sports in the country, the National Association of Secondary School Heads (Nash) say as a result of the unprecedented attempt by Somvubu Secondary, they will now push the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) to come up with a working document, similar to that of other progressive nations like South Africa to make it mandatory for local clubs to pay training and education compensation fees, not only to schools, but even junior clubs which have always been exploited by bigger clubs.
“We were always behind Somvubu’s claims because records are clear. Schools have been sitting on gold since the dawn of professional football in this country. It is high time schools’ development moves to another level and gets the recognition it deserves. We need to come up with a clearly defined working document that will be presented to the Zifa congress so that it’s mandatory even at local level for these big clubs to pay a certain fee to schools and junior clubs once they give our products a professional contract,” Nash national president Arthur Maphosa told Chronicle Sport.
While Highlanders and Azam have a sale-on clause that says the Bulawayo giants will get 30 percent of the total fee should the Tanzanian club decide to sell Dube. The club is still entitled to claim a compensation fee since he joined them when he was still under the age of 21.
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