Fungai Muderere, Sports Reporter
The Footballers Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ) and ZIFA have worked hand in glove to assist four Ghanaian players who have been stranded in the country since the start of the Covid-19 induced lockdown return to their country.
The Ghanaian footballers have been stuck in Zimbabwe for over five months after a dodgy deal reportedly orchestrated by Cameroonian player agent Olivier Urieley and one Tinashe Gomba fell through.
The four players- Peter Tibila (24), Francis Adjetey ( 23), John Adu Poku ( 22) and Nelson Adenyo ( 23) –arrived in Zimbabwe from Accra on 16 January 2020 and were still jammed in the sugar-producing town of Chiredzi.
“After being cheated by a fake agent, the players have been through a tough time hence Zifa and FUZ have contributed to ensure their safe return to their home country. The players passed through the FUZ office for a courtesy call,” said FUZ.
Urieley of African Management Football, worked with Gomba, a provincial Zimbabwe Football Association board member, to bring the quartet to a “ghost club” Khaya Africa FC in Chiredzi.
It was reported that Urieley accused his partner of misusing over US$1 000 (R18,500) he sent to him for rentals and upkeep of the players during their “trials”.
Urieley said he was misled into believing there was a topflight soccer team in Zimbabwe looking for players.
Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela is on record saying he had verified with their provincial office and was told the letter of invitation for trials for the players was forged. The official whose signature is on the letter claims it was forged.
“As Zifa, we do not condone such criminal behaviour and Masvingo province will give us further details on the matter. We will await a report from Masvingo province to decide the way forward,” Gwesela was recently quoted as saying.