According to Zambia online soccer magazine, Zamfoot .com, Katongo is due to join his new South African club this week for pre-season training.
“The Chipolopolo captain will join his team mates this week in preseason training,” Zamfoot reported in its Wednesday edition.
Katongo had reportedly agreed to seal a two-year deal with the newly promoted Premier Soccer League (PSL) bound club but threw spanners in the works after demanding an increased pay against initially agreed offer.
Katongo is reportedly to have demanded adjustment to his agreed pay with PSL rookies through his handler.
The move immediately ignited a storm of protest from the club’s chief executive officer, Peter Koutroulis who repulsed in strongest terms.
“I’m very upset with Katongo because we agreed with Mr Katongo. I sent an offer to Katongo through his manager and they came back [to discuss terms of contract],” Koutroulis was quoted by South Africa’s Soccer Laduma as saying.
Katongo move to demand for increased remuneration package from the initially agreed terms followed his sterling performance in an international friendly match against Japan early this month.
Katongo netted one of Zambia’s goals in which Zambia lost 3-4 to the Asian Soccer giants.
Chippa United boss believes the goal Katongo scored in the international friendly against Japanese was the factor that made the Zambian to have a change of heart on the pay deal they had initially agreed.
“But because the boy scored that goal against Japan his manager phoned us and asked for more money.
I’m very upset with this thing. I told him we don’t give anyone anything extra. You agree with this offer and if not tough luck,” Koutroulis charged.
Katongo made his appearance in South Africa Premier Soccer League midway last season when he signed a short term deal with relegated Golden Arrows.