Former Chiefs and Pretoria Callies left-winger Edmore Chirambadare has claimed that he could have joined the DStv Premiership outfit Richards Bay this season. According to the Zimbabwean, the deal fell through after Callies blocked his move by not issuing his clearance in time.
Chirambadare was in the middle of his one-year deal, with an option to extend at Callies when the Rich Boys explored the possibility of bringing him to KZN. The 30-year-old claims monetary issues had contributed to his departure from Callies even though he was still seen as a key part of the team at that time by the Romans.
The former Kaizer Chiefs winger says he was close to a move to KwaZulu-Natal, but the Callies management blocked the deal because they did not want him to leave for free.
“Richards Bay approached my former team (Pretoria Callies) but they didn’t tell me that they were approached. Then I personally started negotiating with Bay after they called me because I knew I was going to leave Callies,”
“Callies refused my clearance because they knew that Richards Bay wanted my services. Thy knew if I got my clearance, I was going to leave for free.
“What I know is that they wanted money. I think when they were called by Richards Bay, they told them they wanted a transfer fee and that’s where Richards Bay lost interest. Bay knew that I was going to join them on a free. I had told them that beforehand.
The Zimbabwean international footballer, who is currently playing for Venda Football Academy in the Motsepe Foundation Championship, went on to say that Callies forced him to sign a contract that saw him losing money.
Chirambadare, 30, said he couldn’t fight for his money as he signed a contract and that fighting it could have made his life difficult. But the winger insists that the team owes him.
“They’re still owe me money for two months and what I said to them is, “just keep your money and give me my clearance”, otherwise they wouldn’t have let me go for free.
“I was even forced to sign a contract that says if I want my clearance, I will lose two months’ salary. I was desperate at that time. Hence, I signed that contract.
“By the time I got the clearance, Richards Bay were already gone. So, that’s how I left the club. Now I thought that let me just leave this matter and move on because it’s very complicated.”