The Football Premier League Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) has finally delivered its verdict on the protracted saga between Royal AM and striker Ndumisa Mabena.

Mabena sued after alleged breach of contract.

I saw in the documents SABC Sportthe player claimed he still had a year left on his deal with Royal AM when the club decided – without his consent – to auction him to FC Swallows before the start of the current season.

The proposed move follows an agreement between Durban and Dube Birds to sell Dillan Solomons, Khetukuthula Ndlovu and Ruzaigh Gamildien for a figure in the region of R1.5 million.

Mabena was offered to AM in exchange, but the deal never materialized given its complications as Solomonov opted to join Kaizer Chiefs instead, leaving the veteran striker out in the cold.

SABC Sport can reveal that the DRC this week ordered the reinstatement of Mabena and full payment of his unpaid salary for July.

The tricky part is that Royal AM decided not to register the former Orlando Pirates forward in the hope that he would leave the club to join Swallows, however the panel ruled to reinstate Mabena “with immediate effect”.

Thwihli Thwahla is expected to cover Mabena’s legal costs, although the public broadcaster’s sports service understands that AM has yet to respond to the order or give the player directions on how to proceed.

After the end of the season, the 35-year-old still does not know whether he will be part of the plans of fellow coaches Dan Malesela and Hab Zond, or whether the two sides will reach a peace agreement and part ways “amicably”.

Zola Molefe

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