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Safpu claims Miheso admitted he was forced by Golden Arrows

10:21 PM MYT 28/01/2017
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Miheso, 23, was quoted by the Kenyan publication, The Standard, claiming that two gunmen had made him to terminate his Arrows contract at gun point

Kenyan defender Cliffton Miheso has confirmed to the South African Football Players Union (Safpu) that he was forced to sign a contract at gun point by PSL club Lamontville Golden Arrows.

Safpu secretary Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe has revealed that they have since given the South African Football Association (Safa) until Tuesday to investigate the allegations.

If Safa fail to do so, Safpu are prepared to take the matter to the world football's governing body, Fifa.

However, Safa chief executive officer Dennis Mumble has stated that they have not been asked to intervene by Safpu.

“We have received a copy of a letter that was addressed to Arrows and in that letter we have not been asked to act at all. They are seeking clarification from Arrows on the alleged incident," Mumble told The Sowetan.

“It is difficult for me to comment on an issue that I don’t have full details on but we don’t promote serious things where people are threatened with guns. If this incident indeed happened‚ we condemn it in the strongest possible terms," he said.

Arrows chairperson, Mato Madlala, who is also the PSL chief executive officer, has dismissed the allegations.

“No one was forced to sign a contract and I don’t want to say much about this issue. There is more information on our social media,” Madlala said.

Abafana Bes'thende published a handwritten letter in which Miheso was apologising to the club and dismissing signing a contract at gun point on their website.

However, Gaoshubelwe insists that he is in constant contact with the player, who maintains that the incident did take place.

“I am in constant contact with the player and the last time I spoke to him was on Thursday‚” he said.

“He confirmed to me that he was forced to sign a contract and I believe he is talking the truth.

“We want Safa to give a firm commitment and timeline that they will investigate this matter.

“If they don’t have the capacity or the will to investigate the matter we will have no choice but to seek help from Fifa.

“Safa are the custodians of football in the country and they must act when things like this happen because it has international relations implications.

“The problem we are facing in our football is that you have a painful situation where a CEO (Madlala) of a club who occupies a similar position at the PSL‚ which in this case has led to a contradicted stability.”