Mbola saga: Rangers receive $200,000
By CHISHALA MUSONDA
FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) Division One (North) Mining Rangers received US$200,000 (about K1 billion) from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) top side TP Mazembe in the transfer deal of teenage Emmanuel Mbola.
And Mbola is scheduled to leave for England this week for trials at English Premiership side West Ham United.
Mbola’s father Peter Penge Mwewa consented to the transfer and received US$50,000 (about K250 million) on March 18 this year to acknowledge his son’s move to the Champions League champions, documents made available to the Mail reveal.
Mbola also received a similar amount as his signing fee.
But Mbola, a minor who only turned 17 in May, is said to be in disagreement to terms of his salary with his new employers.
According to agreements obtained by the Mail yesterday, Mwewa received an equivalent of K250 million as consent, being the father of the minor.
“This is to acknowledge receipt of the sum of fifty thousand dollars (US$50,000) being signing fee for my son Emmanuel Mbola. Received by me Peter Penge Mwewa today the 18th of March, 2010,” the agreement signed by Mwewa reads.
Mbola, who is embroiled in a contractual dispute with Armenian side Pyunik Yerevan, moved to Mazembe after featuring for Zambia at the 2010 Africa Cup in Angola.
But the player was ineligible to play for Mazembe before the contractual disputes could be settled with his former side in Europe.
A source close to the deal said yesterday that Mbola has had a disagreement over his salary with the Mazembe management.
Mazembe have even enlisted the Zambian left back with the Confederation of African Football to wear jersey number 23 in their quest to defend the Champions League title.
In the player’s contract of sale between Mining and Mazembe, the Congolese outfit made a payment of US$200,000 to the FAZ Division One (North) side while a further US$50,000 apiece was given to Mbola and his father.
Chileshe and Mazembe proprietor Moses Katumbi and their respective witnesses signed the contract.
The contract also bears a Mining official stamp. Tom Chani signed on behalf of Katumbi.
The agreement reads: “This contract is made today the 18th day of March Two Thousand and Ten between Mining Rangers Football Club of Zambia (Herein referred to as the seller) and TP Mazembe Football Club of Congo DR (herein referred to as the buyer) on the outright purchase of Emmanuel Mbola (herein referred to as a player).
“Whereas both parties (Mining Rangers Football Club and TP Mazembe Football Cub) have agreed that Emmanuel Mbola be released to TP Mazembe at a total sum of $200,000 cash payment to Mining Rangers Football Club and that if TP Mazembe opts to sell Emmanuel Mbola to any club, Mining Rangers will get nil percent out of the total price.
“TP Mazembe will also be obliged to pay Emmanuel Mbola the total sum of $50,000 signing fee and the parent to Emmanuel Mbola will also be entitled to a total sum of $50,000 cash respectively,” the contract reads.
The contract concludes by stating that the agreement of sale is strictly for the two parties with no third party involved.
But the source wondered why the player had a sudden change of mind, saying Mbola being a minor below the age of 18, is not entitled to receiving a salary but instead, his father is on the payroll of MTK Mining, a firm owned that bankrolls Mazembe.
Chileshe refused to comment on the matter when contacted.
Meanwhile, HONE LIWANGA reports that Mbola is this week expected to leave for England to seal a deal with English Premiership side West Ham United.
Chileshe confirmed the development in Kitwe yesterday.
Chileshe said West Ham are eager to give Mbola a long-term contract that will see them loan him to a named Belgium club.
He said Mbola is not going to Tottenham Hot Spurs or Juventus as speculated.
“I must say that Mbola is going to West Ham United not Tottenham Spur or Juventus. The arrangement is that West Ham will loan him to one of the top clubs in Belgium,” Chileshe said.
Chileshe, who did not divulge details of Mbola’s imminent contract with West Ham, said the TP Mazembe issue involving his player and the Congolese side, is being resolved.
Chileshe, however, said Mining Rangers will not be held responsible by TP Mazembe for the decision Mbola has taken to play in Europe instead of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mbola’s earlier link to Tottenham flopped because of the contractual problems he has with his former club Pyunik Yerevan of Armenia.