Chiefs comes clean on drug issue
Chiefs comes clean on drug issue

Posted in News on Dec 05, 2001.

In the wake of accusations that Kaizer Chiefs sold a player who had a drug problem to another Premiership club, Amakhosi have come clean in a form of a media statement that showcases the club’s stance concerning players using drugs.

According to a report in one of the Sunday newspapers, Ria Stars, who are based in Pietersburg, claimed in the Johannesburg High Court last week that Chiefs sold them a player for a sum of R400 000 knowing that he had a problem.

Chiefs’ response says that the club has a fully fledged medical department that monitors all players’ general health, injuries, nutrition and psychological matters, and they deny ever having picked up any sort of drug related problem with any of the players.

It also goes on to say that the club has a set of rules and regulations "governing the conduct of our players and amongst other things, our players are prohibited from using banned substances. Every player who signs a contract with us is furnished with this document."

Chiefs sold the player to Ria Stars in June this year for R400 000, of which R100 000 was paid the same day and the balance was to be paid by two postdated cheques on August 15 and September 15.

However, Stars director Ria Ledwaba, said that her club did not intend making the payments because of the player’s drug problem. All this comes after the new crowned Coca-Cola Cup champions had lodged court papers demanding that Stars honour the payments.

"It is opportune to accuse a player of being a drug addict after a cheque issued for his payment has already bounced. And therefore Kaizer Chiefs feels that a statement of this nature could ruin the reputation of any player and that his career could be jeopardised," the statement continues.

"We also feel that it is selfish to portray any player in such a bad light as a means to cover up management in competencies. It must be noted that the bouncing of cheques from Ria Stars is not a first occurrence having experienced the same problem with the sale of Thabang Lebese and Frank Makua.

"From Kaizer Chiefs perspective, we have proceeded with legal actions for the recovery of the money owed and are defending their counter claim."

The Sunday Times report also states that Ledwaba said in court papers that Chiefs had previously tried to sell the player to another Premiership club “and the deal fell through after the would-be buyers learnt through a drug test that the player had a drug problem.” She also said her club is in possession of the drug certificate.

The report also suggests that Stars has conducted its own drug test and that has also proved positive.

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