Chirinda still waiting for Chiefs to honour deal
Fungai Muderere, Senior Sports Reporter
EIGHT months after agreeing terms with Obriel Chirinda, ambitious Castle Lager Premier Soccer League side Bulawayo Chiefs are still yet to meet their end of the bargain by buying a house they reportedly promised the stocky and pacey forward.
The development has reportedly not gone down well with the 25-year-old goal poacher, who according to his close associates is not amused and is considering walking out of his contract.
Chirinda was lured by Chiefs from former league champions Chicken Inn amid revelations by well-placed sources within the Chiefs camp that Amakhosi Amahle made a commitment to buy the player a house in Bulawayo as part of his package. The player is still residing in Nguboyenja.
“When the two parties agreed terms, Bulawayo Chiefs made a commitment that they will buy the player a house. Eight months down the line, the player is yet to get what he was promised. He is a frustrated man. He has been hinting about breaching his contract and leaving the club,” said an impeccable source.
A breach of contract occurs whenever a party who entered a contract fails to perform their promised obligations.
Speaking in an evasive tone when sought for comment, Chiefs secretary-general Dumisani Mantula-Sibanda remarked: “The house thing? What I know is that all that was agreed with the player has been met. I know umafana (the young man) had a lucrative agreement with the club. I’m not at liberty to discuss the finer details of the lucrative agreement.”
Chirinda completed his move to Amakhosi Amahle in January this year having signed a pre-contract in August 2021.
When he signed for Chiefs, he was on the radar of Highlanders, unbeknown to the Bulawayo football giants that the player struck a deal with Chiefs inside the last six months of his contract with the Gamecocks.
Chiefs’ luring of Chirinda ahead of Bosso was deemed as an indicator that players were no longer attracted to the big teams as smaller teams were now offering better packages to entice players.
Other players that were registered alongside Chirinda at Chiefs were nomadic veteran striker Obidiah Tarumbwa who has since joined relegation threatened Bulawayo City as well as former national team defender Ian Nekati who was signed from Chicken Inn but has since made a move to foreign lands.
Chirinda was part of the Amakhosi Amahle team that knocked Bosso out of the country’s prestigious Chibuku Super Cup knockout competition at the quarter-final stage with a 1-0 victory at Barbourfields Stadium at the weekend.
In that match, the forward had his penalty kick saved by Bosso veteran goalie Ariel Sibanda before he was sent off deep into the second half for a second bookable offence. – @FungaiMuderere.