lawrence mhlanga

Warriors defender deposits money back into club account

Raymond Jaravaza
RETURN to sender!
Chicken Inn and Warriors defender Lawrence Mhlanga sent back money meant to be his two months salary out of anger as the fallout between him and the team took a new twist.

Mhlanga and the Gamecocks have been at loggerheads since the player signed with FC Platinum after reportedly a�?misrepresentinga�? to the club that he was a free agent.

Chicken Inn immediately contacted FC Platinum alerting the Norman Mapeza coached outfit that the player still had a running contract thus could not move to Zvishavane.

FC Platinum obliged and sent the Warriors defender packing.

Now the player has gone AWOL and hasna��t set foot at Chicken Inn training sessions.

B-Metro Sport learnt that Mhlanga a�� who is adamant that his contract with Chicken Inn expired in December 2016 a�� has taken his case to the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ) for mediation.

And he wants nothing to do with the money deposited into his bank account by the club.

a�?I did not renew my contract with Chicken Inn for the 2017 season so why would I accept a salary from them? My case has now been taken over by FUZ,a�? was all the player could say when contacted for comment.

This publication has it on good authority that Chicken Inn deposited $1 100 for the playera��s January and February salaries. B-Metro Sport also had sight of a copy of a five-page contract purportedly signed by Mhlanga when the parties agreed on a new deal.

The new a�?contracta�? states that the player will earn $850 per month starting January 2017 but it remains unclear why Chicken Inn deposited $550 per month.

The player refutes signing a new deal or extending the contract that expired in December 2016.

FUZ president Desmond Maringwa was expected in Bulawayo on Thursday.

a�?I will have all the facts once I go through the documents when I get to Bulawayo but I can confirm FUZ has taken over the case,a�? said Maringwa.

Chicken Inn secretary Tavengwa Hara was not available for comment but is on record saying Mhlanga would face disciplinary action.

Mhlanga was part of the Warriors team that was knocked out of the first round of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

He received more than $26 000 for being part of the team. Therefore, moneywise hea��s relatively good for now.