By MICHAEL MIYOBA
FIFA has ordered FAZ Super League outfit Lusaka Dynamos to pay over US$70, 000 to Namibian midfielder Willy Stephanus in unpaid dues or risk being banned from signing new players.
The Namibian player had dragged the club to FIFA claiming unpaid dues with a ruling by the Dispute Resolution Chamber.
According to a ruling dated November 4, 2021 and signed by FIFA Chief Legal and Compliance Officer Emilio García Silvero, Lusaka Dynamos have been ordered to pay US$10, 000 as outstanding remuneration plus five percent interest per annum as from November 7, 2020 until the date of effective payment.
The club has also been ordered to pay US$12, 000 in outstanding remuneration between April 2021 and July this year. Added to that is a US$10, 000 and US$48, 600 as compensation for breach of contract plus five percent interest per annum as of July 16.
FIFA has warned of consequences if Lusaka Dynamos as the respondent, fail to pay Stephanus.
“Pursuant to article 24bis of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (February 2021edition), if full payment (including all applicable interest) is not made within 45 days of notification of this decision, the following consequences shall apply.
“The Respondent (Lusaka Dynamos) shall be banned from registering any new players, either nationally or internationally, up until the due amount is paid. The maximum duration of the ban shall be of up to three entire and consecutive registration periods.
The ruling also warned that the matter shall be submitted, upon request, to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in the event that full payment (including all applicable interest) is still not made by the end of the three entire and consecutive registration periods.