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21 Mar, 2013 - 21:03 0 Views

The Herald

Bulaji started his career at Oriel Boys High before a stint at Division Two side Seed Co in 2008 and 2009 but later joined DT Africa,  who were playing in Harare’s Division Three league.

The striker claimed that he played for the former Premiership outfit without a contract and now wants to join CAPS United but Grabowski was standing in his way.

Yesterday, Bulaji took his case to the Zifa Player’s Status Committee where he paid his fee of US$1 000 and also appealed the Footballer’s Union of Zimbabwe for help.

“I played for DT Africa United and I was persuaded to join them as a minor by Mr Grabowski as he promised to develop me as a player.
“During my time at DT Africa United, I played for one year in Division Three and then Division Two as an academy player.

“To the best of my knowledge, I never signed a professional contract with Africa United or its director Grabowski.
“The understanding was that any club that will require my services in future will have to pay Africa United some fees for development and now I have secured a club, Grabowski is shifting goalposts,” said Bulaji.

Bulaji said he was on the verge of joining CAPS United but Grabowski was refusing to clear him.
“Grabowski took me from Seed Co and promised a career as a professional but I have been stuck in Division Two until CAPS United presented me with this golden opportunity.

“But I understand that Grabowski wanted me to join Harare City but my heart is with CAPS United and now he is refusing to give me a clearance,” said Bulaji.

A letter signed by DT Africa United secretary, Kevin “Sporadic” Chidanyika, on March 15, 2013, addressed to Zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze, accused Bulaji of being a cheat.

“This letter serves to inform you that with immediate effect, we have suspended our player Kelvin Kenneth Bulaji for cheating, unprofessional conduct, indiscipline and shady deals with CAPS United FC without our endorsement,” read part of the letter from Chidanyika.

A lady who answered Grabowski’s phone said the coach was locked up in a series of meetings at Zifa.
Bulaji, who had been staying at Grabowski’s apartment, said he has since been asked to leave the place.

“I am now stranded in Harare with no food and income and only surviving on the benevolence of strangers and I now plead with your committee (Players’ Status Committee) to facilitate my release from the unfair treatment by Mr Grabowski.

“He had been making my life hell and right now I cannot find my passport from his flat.
“My suspicion is that he knows where it is because at one time he barred me from playing for the national Under-20 team saying that it was like swimming into a pool without water,” said Bulaji.

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