Richards Bay commit to paying R230 000 to lift FIFA ban

Richards Bay commit to paying R230 000 to lift FIFA ban

Richards Bay FC owner Jomo Biyela has confirmed the club will settle the amount owed to former winger Ovella Ochieng, which saw the club slapped with a FIFA transfer ban in April.

SABC Sport reported at the time that the KwaZulu-Natal outfit had been found guilty of a breach of contract by the world football governing body, for having terminated the Kenyan international’s employment and failing to pay him out. 

Biyela said this was a “misunderstanding” they will now deal with to pave the way for The Natal Rich Boyz to be able to register new players. 

“We have sorted it out, it was not even a ban that comes with millions like other teams. It was a misunderstanding – R230 000,” the chairman explained, after their DStv Premiership status was secured with a 4-0 win over Baroka at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday night. 

“You know about it, but I understand you are doing your job. But it is fine now, we are sorting it out and signing players as I speak to you.” 

It is expected then that Biyela will make several announcements in the coming weeks ahead of the 2024/25 campaign, with talisman Sanele Barns leaving The Natal Rich Boys and joining Stellenbosch FC effective 1 July. 

Coach Vusumuzi Vilakazi also revealed his contract had also ended and was due for discussions with Biyela to map out a way forward, although the chairman said after the victory in Umlazi that he would not disrupt the momentum the coach has gained following the play-offs.