Edward Manqele In Dispute With His Former Agent
Kaizer Chiefs striker Edward Manqele is being taken to court by his former agent, Josiah Mphono.
Manqele and Mphono have been involved in an on-going legal dispute for some time, with the agent claiming that he is owed money by the Chiefs player.
As reported in issue 998 of Soccer Laduma, Mphono says he is taking the matter to court as he attempts to get it finalised.
“The issue between us and this guy (Manqele) is about breach of contract. We had a contract which he breached and, now, with the way things are, it looks like we are fighting him. When the whole thing started last year, we sat down with him and Chiefs because Chiefs intervened in the matter.
“We were showed how much he earns and the length of his contract. It was after that, that the amount which he was supposed to pay us was worked out. We all agreed that he was going to pay us in two instalments. We had our first meeting over this matter in October last year and the player signed the agreement in December. I was in that October meeting, together with Bobby (Motaung), Abdulla (Mayet), Sipho (Shaven) and Manqele.
“He (Manqele) proposed that he would pay in two instalments. Since that meeting, there has been communication between me and the player through e-mails. I’d send him a draft of the agreement and he would send it back to me with the changes and so forth, until he signed it in December. We signed it in January this year and sent it back to him. He made the first payment on the 28th of January as per the agreement and the second instalment was supposed to be paid in July, but he failed to pay.
“He said he won’t pay. He later told us that he would pay next year. He then approached my lawyers and requested that he pays me in four or five monthly instalments. We had a verbal agreement with him and agreed to his request. He was supposed to pay on the 29th of last month and he failed to do that. He told my lawyer that he had issues with his car and that the insurance company wasn’t paying for it, so he was using the money to fix his car,” explained Mphono.
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