Zim side Chicken Inn livid over player’s Nkana transfer

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A storm is brewing with Zimbabwe topflight outfit Chicken Inn FC making damning allegations that midfielder Tichaona Chipunza was fraudulently cleared to join Nkana of Zambia, as they were not consulted about the issuing of an international transfer clearance (ITC).

The club’s secretary Tawengwa Hara said they were surprised to learn via the media that their player had been cleared despite notifying Zifa and the Football Association of Zambia that there were “some contractual issues” that needed to be ironed out.

“As a club we don’t even know how Chipunza was cleared. What we want to know is how he was cleared when we had written a letter to Zifa’s TMS (transfer matching system) manager Timothy Mazhindu alerting him not to clear the player and he acknowledged receipt of the letter. We also alerted FAZ, but now we’re reading in the press that our player has been cleared; this is a clear case of fraud,”  Hara told Chronicle Sport.

On Monday, Chipunza’s management team confirmed he was all set to make his debut for the Kitwe-based side after receiving the ITC.

His management team claimed they had approached Chicken Inn and established that his contract with them had expired.
They further said he had already started training with his new team. Chipunza signed a one-year deal with Nkana last week as free agent, but his move had been stalled after Chicken Inn stood in the way, arguing that he was still their player.

Chipunza’s contract with the Joey Antipas-coached side expired at the end of 2020, but since there was no football in Zimbabwe last year, Zifa, said there was room for negotiations for contracts that were due to end last year to overlap into 2021.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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