The wrangle between Security Systems and former player, Tumelo Mazebedi has turned ugly after he reported the club to Labour Office.
The player is demanding P116, 400 from the club following his unceremonious departure.
‘Dimaria’ as the player is affectionately known, joined the Alarm Boys in 2017 from Orapa United on a three-year deal.
He was one of the top earners at the club with a monthly salary of P9, 700. In the two years with the team, he became a key figure for the next 18 months until his progress was halted by an injury, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
He was eventually given a release letter on July 8. However, the club did not pay him the terminal fee.
Mazebedi told Mmegi Sport that his troubles started in January when the club mulled over termination of his contract despite being injured at the time. He said the club did not cover the medical costs despite their contractual commitments.
“I only demand my termination fee which should be my monthly salary multiplied by the months remaining in my contract.
I told them I am injured so it will be hard for me to find another club in that state, so they should pay me so I could find a way forward in my career,” he said.
In January, Mazebedi was on the radar of Gaborone United (GU) but Systems turned down the offer.
“If at all they did not want me, they could have sold me to GU in January but as soon as I got injured they started talking about my release. It was only after the intervention of the coach (Daniel Nare) that I stayed with the team until the end of the season,” he said. However, Systems secretary general, Billy Molebatsi said the 27-year-old was deemed surplus to requirement for both his on and off field behaviour.
“He joined us on a performance based contract but he spent a lot of time on the sidelines, so it cost the team. Tumelo also has a loan from the team which he should pay before we could give him his dues. He owes P15, 000 but we have offered to pay him a three months notice (P29, 000) but he should pay us first,” Molebatsi said.
“We have had issues with the player from long back. At one time, he claimed to be injured but did not follow the right procedures. He did not check with the club’s medical team, but despite all that we are more than willing to part with the player on good terms. He is a good player and needs to get back to the field.”