South Africa FA Denies Receiving an Investigation Request Into the Termination of Clifton Miheso’s Contract at ‘Gun Point’
South Africa FA (SAFA) has denied receiving a letter from the country’s Football Players’ Union (SAFPU) calling for an investigation into the alleged ‘gun-point’ contract termination of Clifton Miheso.
In January, the 24-year-old who joined Golden Arrows from Kenya’s AC Leopards was allegedly forced into signing his termination at gunpoint.
Speaking to reporters, SAFA’s Chief Executive Dennis Mumble has denied receiving any communication or requests calling for an investigation by SAFPU.
“They have not sent anything.
“… Ask them to show you a copy of the letter.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”They have not asked us to do anything. They must come and meet us. I am still waiting for something coming from SAFPU with regards to this issue,”[/perfectpullquote]
The Kenyan international joined arrows at the start of the season and featured in 11 league games for the “Abafana Bes’thende” without scoring a goal before he was let go.
Speaking to the BBC World Football earlier this month, Miheso explained the situation saying he signed his contract termination in the presence of the club’s Chief Executive, Gordon Masondo and two gunmen at the Arrows’ Durban offices on 14 January.
He went ahead to say he signed the agreement because he feared for his life.
The midfielder has since taken his grievances to the South African Players Union in a bid to earn his dues despite the club denying all allegations.
Members of the South African Players Union have since gathered around the SAFA house where the FIFA president Gianni Infantino is holding executive summits to demonstrate.
They are protesting the allegations by holding up placards that read “#Justice for Miheso”, “#Respect footballers”, freedom of choice”, and many others. They are trying to bring the matter to the attention of FIFA after claiming SAFA ignored their requests to investigate the matter.
The Golden posted a statement on Facebook signed by Miheso himself denying the incident but took down the post moments later. The club’s chairperson who also doubles as South Africa’s Premier Soccer Chief Executive, Mato Madlala despite being incriminated in the saga, is still yet to comment on the matter.
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