Swallows FC boss David Mogashoa has finally broken his silence on claims that the Dube Birds sold Dillan Solomons to Royal AM prior the player being unveiled by Kaizer Chiefs.
The confusion and questions arose after Royal AM chief executive Sinky Mnisi alleged there could be a dispute regarding Solomons’ move to Naturena, where he was unveiled earlier this month.
In an interview on Sports Night Amplified with Andile on 21 June, Mnisi dropped some surprising allegations a day after Amakhosi had announced their latest acquisition.
But Mogashoa has set the record straight, giving weight to a story run by SABC Sport that Swallows and Royal AM had in fact agreed on the sale of three players.
The Swallows chairman explained: “Royal AM made contact before anyone else [to say] that they were interested in three players at Swallows – [Ruzaigh] Gamildien, [Khetukuthula] Ndlovu and Solomons.
“There was a club-to-club agreement that they [AM] could speak to the players after the season has ended.”
Gamildien was expected to move to Durban, although the fracas could mean that the transfer will collapse even before it’s confirmed.
“We believe that they have concluded a deal with Gamildien but Solomons did not want to go there, he refused. He wanted to go to Chiefs. You cannot stand in the players’ ways and say ‘go to Royal AM’. I may want him to go there but I can’t force him,” Mogashoa explained.
“Solomons did not sign any contract with AM, he is at Chiefs, where he signed a contract. The only thing AM has was a club-to-club agreement.”
The public broadcaster has it on good authority that Royal AM paid Swallows an amount in the region of R1.5-million for the three players.
“There’s no issue there – of course, there was money involved. If someone comes and says, ‘I like your car, please don’t sell it,’ but after three days they don’t want it anymore, and you’ve stopped people that have bought the same car… We will sit down with AM and resolve the issues,” the chairman added without confirming or denying the figure.
“Solomons didn’t want to go there. If there are any refunds, they will be processed and the matter will be closed. The only problem could have been, had Solomons signed, he can’t sign two contracts.”
By Mazola Molefe