Polokwane teams fight for keeper
Baroka FC and Polokwane City both claim to have signed goalkeeper Veli Mothwa.
JOHANNESBURG - Soccer clubs Baroka FC and Polokwane City are caught in battle over goalkeeper Veli Mothwa.
Both clubs claim the goalkeeper is their player after he signed a contract with both teams.
Polokwane City spokesperson Patrick Baloyi says Mothwa signed a deal with the club at the beginning of the season.
He did however fail to join up with the squad after the deal had been finalised.
Baloyi is adamant Mothwa is a Polokwane City player.
"Veli Mothwa signed with Polokwane City at the beginning of the season and we expected him to join up with the team. We were just surprised to find out that he had signed a contract with Baroka FC. We took the matter up with the league because we believe the player belongs to us."
City found out about the contractual problem when they wanted to register the player.
The team claims they found out about the contract issue after they played their opening fixture in the National First Division match against Sivutsa Stars.
Baroka FC believes that Mothwa is their legitimate player.
The club's Managing Director Khurishi Mphahlele says Polokwane City signed Mothwa after he signed a deal with them.
"Veli Mothwa is our player. He has been our player for the past three years and he continues to be our player. We've registered him with the PSL and we've registered him with Safa last year. Polokwane City wants our player.
"They've never approached us; instead they went to the player behind our back and made him sign a contract after he signed a contract with us."
Mphahlele said Mothwa was convinced to sign a deal with Polokwane following a meeting with former City coach Duncan Lechesa.
The issue has now gone to the PSL.
Mothwa has been charged with breaching the rules.
The case will be heard by a PSL committee on 14 November.
Mothwa is still training with Baroka.