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Khuda Muyaba goes haywire, summoned

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George Kaudza Masina

Controversial striker Khuda Muyaba is in hot soup for Absent Without Leave (Awol) at his Glad Africa championship side Polokwane City in South Africa.

The club started pre-season training on October 2, 2020 but the former Silver Strikers forward failed to report for duties as he is still in the country [Malawi].

In a letter dated October 29, 2020, Polokwane has invoked provision of clause 16.2 in the contract between Muyaba and the club which states that the club should stop paying him if he fails to attend work.

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“Your conduct amounts to refusal and / or failure to attend work, and an expression of unwillingness to play for the club as envisaged in clause 16.2. Consequently, the club has, and hereby informs you that it has, decided to invoke provisions of clause 16.2 of the employment contract between you and the club. Therefore, the principle of “no work, no pay” shall apply until you report for duty as instructed by the club and in compliance with your obligations in terms of the employment contract,” reads the letter which Polokwane Chief Operations Officer, Tincy Tema has signed.

The club has since ordered Muyaba to report for training on Monday November 2, 2020. According to the club, Muyaba was informed about the pre-season training schedule but he failed to report for duty.

“The club has been in pre-season training since October 2, 2020. You were informed of the commencement of the pre-season training and instructed to report for duty via SMS on October 7, 2020 after you failed to report for duty without leave or authorisation from the club,” reads part of the letter.

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“The club has sent you various SMS messages instructing you to report for duty, but you have failed and/or refused to obey these instructions and you continue to fail and/ or refuse obey these instructions.”

However, Muyaba refused to comment on the matter. Reports suggest Muyaba is expected to fly out to South Africa on Monday.

Local football analyst, George Kaudza-Masina said Muyaba still has a good future.

“He is a very good player but he just needs to humble himself and go back to training. I am sure Muyaba will rediscover his form next season,” Kaudza-Masina said.

Muyaba signed a four-year contract with Polokwane in a reported K15 million deal from Silver in January this year after winning the golden boot award with 21 goals. He, however, struggled for game time in his debut season in the PSL as the club was relegated to the Glad Africa Championship.

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