Manyama agent voices his anger

AIKONA. Maimane Phiri has lashed out at Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs over the manner in which are handling Lebohang Phiri's, above, transfer. Picture: Gallo Images.

Maimane Phiri has accused Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs of applying bullying tactics.

Phiri said the manner in which the two clubs are dealing with his client Lebogang Manyama is uncalled for.

Phiri’s ire was raised on Tuesday when both Amakhosi and the Urban Warriors structures announced that a deal had been struck by both teams to allow Manyama to move to Chiefs next month.

“We have agreed and accepted the offer made by Kaizer Chiefs for Manyama’s services,” a statement by Ajax Cape Town read.

“As the new management, we indicated at the start of the season that we would like to retain our players so as to build a strong and competitive team. We offered Lebo a new and lucrative contract, however the player indicated that he would like to make a move and start a new adventure in his life.

“With Lebo’s contract coming to an end in June 2014, we had no alternative but to consider all our options.

“We appreciate Lebo’s contribution to the success of Ajax Cape Town during his time at Ikamva and we wish him well for his future.”

But Phiri said the clubs were out of line. “They cannot go public and make such pronouncements having not fully consulted me as the player’s agent,” he said.

Phiri said his client is due to head for a trial overseas.

“Yes, that’s what I am working on for him,” he said. “And if that succeeds, then he will not play for Chiefs.

“Ajax just want to cash in before Lebo’s contract with them expires.”

Chiefs described the move as one which reveals their intention to strengthen their squad ahead of their participation in next year’s Caf Champions League tournament.

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