Former Warriors defender Harlington Shereni appeared in court yesterday on allegations of disappearing without settling an $8 000 bill for his failed testimonial match.
Shereni was represented by Musindo Hungwe when he appeared before magistrate Nomsa Sabarauta charged with “making off without payment”.
The former Warriors player was granted $200 bail and remanded to July 29. The complainant is Mudenge Rumbidzai, 34, of 522 St Patricks Close, Glen Lorne in Harare and is employed by Ethos (Pvt) Ltd.
Prosecutor Shambidzeni Fungura alleged that on May 18, Shereni engaged Mudenge to plan a press conference, gala dinner, testimonial match and after party between June 9 and 27.
The two agreed that Shereni would settle the bill on June 9, soon after the presser.
However, he vanished without making any payment.
Mudenge made several attempts to locate the former Air Zimbabwe Jets and Dynamos fullback but to no avail.
This prompted her to file a police report leading to Shereni’s arrest.
According to State papers Shereni was obliged to pay $8 450 inclusive of venue hire costs, $2 300, banner printing, press releases and player profiles, $1 650, accommodation,$4 500, security and transport.
The testimonial had been billed for the National Sports Stadium on June 27, featuring the Warriors and a team made up of Shereni’s former teammates from various European clubs.
Some of the players whom were billed to feature in the match included Arsenal’s French pair of Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny.
Shereni played professional football in France between 1999 and 2009.