Botswana’s most decorated team Township Rollers’ players have rejected taking a 50 percent pay cut on their April salaries citing short notice.
The 16-time Botswana League champions claim to have notified players of a looming wage reduction during the coronavirus lockdown in March.
The epidemic that broke out in Wuhan, China in December has brought football to a standstill, resulting in financial stress for clubs.
Indications are that the players have written to the Botswana Football Association (BFA) president Maclean Letshwiti seeking his intervention.
Rollers’ president Jagdish Shah confirmed the setback. “They thought that we were joking when we told them that we are going to give them half salaries at the end of April,” Shah said.
“Now they say they cannot afford to get pay cuts as they did not save accordingly.”
Shah added they are still in discussions with players regarding the matter.
“They will be paid as soon as we have reached an agreement. We will not let them suffer because we value them.”
The defending beMOBILE League champions enjoy the financial backing of business maverick Shah. The club’s monthly wage bill is in the region of R600,000.
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Rollers, founded in 1961, have exported more players to South Africa than any other Botswana team. Former Orlando Pirates winger Phenyo Mongala, ex-Santos duo of Mogogi Gabonamong, pictured above, and Boitumelo Mafoko, Mogakolodi Ngele of Black Leopards, Simisani Mathumo, formerly with Free State Stars, and the former Platinum Stars duo of Terrance Mandaza and Kabelo Dambe were all sold to PSL clubs by the Gaborone giants.
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By Mthokozisi Dube