Senior Sports Reporter
FORMER FC Platinum attacking midfielder, Perfect Chikwende, has finally received his International Transfer Certificate.
This makes him eligible to play official games for his new Tanzanian club, Simba SC. The player’s agent, George Deda, and his former club, FC Platinum, confirmed on Monday morning that the 27-year old has finally been cleared after differences with his previous employers, Bulawayo Chiefs, were resolved.
Chikwende signed a two-year deal with the Tanzanian league champions last month from FC Platinum. But, Chiefs rang ZIFA to halt the issuing of the player’s international clearance, arguing FC Platinum should give them their share from the deal since Chikwende was on loan at the Zimbabwe champions.
Chikwende’s contract with Chiefs expired at the end of 2020 but since there was no football in Zimbabwe last year, ZIFA, in consultation with football stakeholders, said there was room for negotiations for contracts that were due to lapse last year to overlap into this year.
Based on that, Chiefs were arguing the 2020 loan agreement between FC Platinum and Chiefs for Perfect Chikwende was still binding.
But, Chikwende insisted his contract with Chiefs had expired on December 31 and had entered into a new two-year deal with the platinum miners as a free agent.