Barely three days after their Nedbank Cup triumph, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila have been hit with yet another controversy.
FARPost has established that TTM players, who were part of the historic match in Mangaung on Saturday, have decided to return their winning medals to the club.
The return of the medals is to protest the decision by the club to not give championship medals to some players.
The club has opted to give medals only to the 20 players who were part of the final matchday squad and technical staff.
11 players who were excluded from the medals list, include Meshack Maphangule, Aluwani Nedzamba, Mogakolodi Ngele, Tebogo Thangwane, Brighton Mhlongo, Tlou Masegela, Lebo Mabotja and others.
This publication has been reliably informed that the players approached the management on Sunday night to confront them about the rest of the medals, which are allegedly going to be shared with other ‘stakeholders’ and not players.
But club Media Liaison Officer Rufus Matsena has since clarified that the situation is a result of a limited number of medals that they received from the PSL.
“The issue of returning the medals until those other ones are available it’s actually a good thing,” Matsena told FARPost.
“One, let me tell you a bit of background of what is going on. We received 35 meals from the PSL of which they only presented 25 on the day. The extra two were given to the team Dr and the Physiotherapist. So now we remained with eight.
Then from the eight, we have 11 people who are still to be drafted in. So the Chairman then decided that give me the remaining eight, then we will take one from the remaining eight to go and look for a place where we can make these medals. Like as I am talking to you now I am driving to a place where I got a contact that there is a company there that can make these things for us,” explained Matsena.
“So we are going there now to fix this because yesterday I have been looking around but I couldn’t find anything. Basically in essence we are only three short. But if you then give the other ones with three short who would say I can do without it? So this should be sorted by the end of today.
“We even asked from the PSL if there is any chance that they could have printed more, failing which they can order more and we pay. But they only gave us 35 medals, irrespective of how big the team is,” he added.
This is not the first time that TTM players stand together in solidarity with other teammates who are being ‘mistreated’.
Under the previous regime of former owner Masala Mulaudzi, the players held more than two protests and boycotted training when some of the players were either not paid their salaries or paid in half.
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