Swaziland club Manzini Wanderers have hit back at Zvenyika Makonese accusing the former Shabanie Mine player for lying about his age.
Earlier on, Makonese had accused Manzini Wanderers of lacking professionalism following his failed bid to join the club.
Makonese defender blamed Wanderers for shifting goalposts regarding their initial agreement.
However, Manzini General Manager Patrick Gamedze alleges that, the deal collapsed because Makonese lied about his age.
Makonese born in 1977 turns 40 in July but Wanderers alleges that the player told them he is 33.
“Makonese came for trials like many other international players and impressed the coaches. As per the norm, club clearances are requested, but it will be a big lie for him to claim he had been offered a contract with figures,” Gamedze to the Chronicle.
“If he had been honest enough, he should have told the public how he claimed to be 33 during trials before the club discovered through research and several media reports, not just one, stating he was 39 years old and approaching 40. This was the very reason the club preferred not to sign him. Yes that reason was not communicated to him and as a club we preferred protecting him and his reputation from this big lie by not agreeing to his listed figures.” he added.
Zvenyika is now expected back at Shabanie ahead of the 2017 league season after helping the midlands side get promotion last year.