Court battle over WP Utd 'sale' looms


Colin Gie, one of WPU’s minority shareholders has confirmed to Kick Off that a court interdict has been served against his two partners, one of whom is George Scalcoyannis.

“The case is going to the High Court on December 6, 2007, so after that things will happen,” was all he was prepared to say at this stage.

It is understood that Gie, who was playing a key role in the club, is contesting the apparent ‘underground’ sale of the club to Benoni boss Dumisani Ndlovu.

Gie had a scuffle with Ndlovu in the Erica Park dressing room after his side was recently thumped 5-0 by Ikapa Sporting, and Gie was not seen at the Wynberg Military Ground last Saturday when his charges drew 1-1 with FC Cape Town.

However, Scalcoyannis and Ndlovu spent most of the match together on the sidelines.

Gie and Scalcoyannis have both already confirmed to Kick Off that there is due to be a court hearing about club related matters on Thursday next week.

Meanwhile, the former Benoni Premier United players are beginning to adapt to their new surroundings in Cape Town, having moved from the Holiday Inn to a more permanent base near Hartleyvale, Observatory.

A source at the club says that the 14 players who moved from Benoni could start playing this weekend when the basement club hosts Maritzburg United.

It is understood that the ‘Benoni officials’ have been making frantic efforts to register their players with the PSL and are understood to have managed to register a few while some could only start playing in the New Year after the break.

“We have been told that we will start playing this weekend though we have been training with the team since we got here. But personally I will just continue playing for this club up to the time my contract expires at the end of the season. All is fine for now because we are training together with the players that we found here who have always been part of Western Province.

“We are told that in January there will be a couple of changes with regard to the club. We have contracts, which the club is still honouring which is fine, but what is important is that we get to play soon,” says one player.

The team continues to train at the Wynberg Military Base under the tutorship of former Benoni United mentor Sonas Malope and his assistant Douglas Sibiya while Western Province’s Moey Carolous also remains on the scene.

The more established players in the 14 player group that came from Benoni are the Ivory Coast pair of Noel Yobou and Roland Konan along with Thabiso ‘Skaapie’ Malatsi and Bongani Twala.

The Ugandan pair of defender Hassan Wasswa and striker Geoffrey Sserunkuma, who are yet to test competitive local football, are also part of the group.

Premier League’s Ronnie Schloss says he ‘knows nothing’ about the ‘proposed sale’ of WPU.