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Khuda Myaba training with the Flames of Malawi: Image via Facebook @ Khuda Ikenna Muyaba

Three and counting: Another PSL team gets Fifa’s transfer ban

The number of PSL teams which have received Fifa’s transfer bans keeps growing, with Polokwane City being the latest.

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Khuda Myaba training with the Flames of Malawi: Image via Facebook @ Khuda Ikenna Muyaba

Polokwane City have become the third PSL team to receive a transfer ban from Fifa this season. Fifa has banned the DStv Premiership returnees from signing new players. The sanction came due to Polokwane’s failure to pay their former Malawian striker, Khuda Muyaba.

Former Polokwane City’s Malawian striker Esau Kanyenda confirmed the development to The South African in an interview. He said his compatriot Muyaba sought Fifa’s intervention over his outstanding dues with the Limpopo-based team. The former Jomo Cosmos star Kanyenda brokered trials for Muyaba at Polokwane in 2020. Kanyenda is, therefore, privy to the happenings around his countryman.

Polokwane have joined which other PSL teams in getting a ban?

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“Yes, it is true [that Polokwane have been banned]. As you are aware, Khuda never went back to the club [Polokwane] after the game between Malawi and Egypt played on [March 23 2023] at home [Lilongwe] until the season ended,” Kanyenda told The South African.

Polokwane have joined Chippa United and Royal AM in getting the Fifa bans from signing new players. Interestingly, all the three PSL outfits have found themselves in hot water for not honouring contractual obligations with foreign players.

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Why Polokwane’s PSL counterparts were also punished

Fifa also punished Chippa United over the saga involving Tanzanian defender Abdi Banda. Royal AM, too, received a similar penalty for failing to pay Serbian striker Samir Nurkovic, formerly of Kaizer Chiefs. Royal AM claimed recently that Fifa had lifted its ban temporarily.

In the latest development, Fifa has slammed the Rise and Shine with the ban for refusing to pay the Malawian. Polokwane signed the 29-year-old striker on a three-year contract in January 2020. The blonde-haired forward joined the DStv Premiership outfit from Malawi’s TNM Super League side Silver Strikers.

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How the Malawian striker found himself in the DStv Premiership

Muyaba joined Polokwane when they were then campaigning in the DStv Premiership. However, Polokwane got relegated to the GladAfrica Championship the following season. The second-tier league is now called the Motsepe Foundation Championship. Eventually, Rise and Shine bounced back to the top-flight this season. However, Muyaba opted to part ways with City in March this year, citing the unpaid dues. He claimed to have gone without pay for several months.

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Muyaba admits he loves money after leaving latest club

The former Flames player went on to sign for Syrian top-flight club Tishreen SC as a free agent a few months ago. He has, however, also quit Tishreen citing unpaid dues. Muyaba has since justified his decision to leave the Syrian team after a few months. “I love money and I play football for money. If you sign me and don’t pay the agreed salary, I leave. At the moment, I am available for any team as long as it can afford to meet my demands,” Muyaba said in vernacular in a video message he shared via WaGanyu Facebook page in Malawi on November 6 2023.  

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