NEW Highlanders Football Club coach Erol Akbay will not be paid signing on fees by the Bulawayo giants but has settled for a two-year $11 000 ‘relocation fee’ deal, B-Metro Sport can reveal.
As reported in this publication two weeks ago, Bosso sent the Dutchman a revised contract before Christmas, which he has since signed.
The Dutchman is expected in the country in mid January on condition that he receives his work permit which Bosso are working flat out to obtain before he can be allowed to start work at the Bulawayo football giants.
In the meantime the coach will remain in his homeland, the Netherlands.
The coach’s agent Danford Mutashu, whom interestingly Bosso chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede, has expressed ignorance about his existence in this part of the deal, said because the club was working on a shoe string budget, the new coach, whose initial demands were reportedly pegged at a staggering $25 000, one year signing on fees and $8 000 monthly salary, put pen to paper on a new deal that is in tandem with the financial situation at Highlanders.
“Because Highlanders are operating on a shoe string budget and there is a need to cut costs as much as they can, Erol has signed a revised contract and will be paid a relocation fee of between $9 000 and $11 000. There will be no signing on fee,” said Mutashu.
The coach’s salary is said to be in the region of $4 000 per month, a figure that sources say the former Bongani Mafu earned last season.
Gumede declined comment on the specifics of the deal citing a confidentiality clause on the contract signed by Akbay.
“His salary is a matter between Highlanders as the employer and Erol as the employee and as such we are not in a position to divulge how much the coach will be paid. If Erol so wishes to go public with his salary then let him do so on his own,” said Gumede in the process reiterating the club’s position that the new coach was not represented by an agent.
“I will say it again that Highlanders does not know this individual who goes by the name of Mutashu and claims to be the coach’s agent. Erol was referenced to us by Tshinga (Dube) and we do not know where this agent is coming from,” said Gumede.
Tshinga Dube is a long standing Bosso benefactor.
While the Bulawayo giants wait for the new coach to jet into the country, the interim technical team led by Amini Soma Phiri and Cosmas Zulu will take charge of the club’s pre-season training commencing on 12 January.