In a dramatic move last week, South African football team Kaizer Chiefs released 20 players from Naturena, and one of these players, Siboniso Gaxa, isn’t taking this lying down.
While Chiefs indicated that the 32-year-old defender’s contract would not be renewed when it expired in July, Gaxa is determined to fight for his position, and he implied that he would be evaluating his legal options.
Gaxa alleges that the club is not being honest about the date at which his contract expires, stating that it’s meant to expire on 30 June 2018, not 31 July 2016.
Glyn Binkin, Gaxa’s agent, sent a short text message to Times Media indicating that his client was not going down without a fight. “I have no comment on this matter except to say that the truth will prevail,” the message read.
Kaizer Chiefs seem unfazed by this challenge, which they’ve only heard about through the media.
“We have no issues if people want to go to court; we have said that from the beginning. This is a free country, a democratic country. Anyone with any problems has a right to challenge us through any channels. We have not heard anything from any players or agents. We cannot respond to speculation that comes through the media,” Bobby Motaung, Chiefs football manager, told Times Media.
Standoff between Kaizer Chiefs and player Siboniso Gaxa could be headed to court
Gaxa‚ however‚ indicated that the gloves are off and he will likely meet his former club in court as he evaluates his legal options in the aftermath of the dramatic release of players at Naturena.
The former Bafana Bafana defender argues that his contract with the club would only reach its expiry date on June 30‚ 2018‚ and not next month as the club allegedly claims.
His agent Glyn Binkin would not give Times Media Digital an elaborated response and preferred to send an SMS that read: “I have no comment on this matter except to say that the truth will prevail.”
Chiefs indicated that they would meet fire with fire‚ but admitted they had not received any communication from Gaxa nor his agent since the club announced that his contract would not be renewed.
“We have no issues if people want to go to court‚ we have said that from the beginning‚” Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung told Times Media.
“This is a free country‚ a democratic country. Anyone with any problems has a right to challenge us through any channels.
“We have not heard anything from any players or agents. We cannot respond to speculation that comes through the media.”