Former footballer Edward ‘Magents’ Motale has called on clubs that fail to pay salaries to their players to explain to the football fraternity.
Clubs such as Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, Jomo Cosmos, Royal Eagles and Real Kings have reportedly cut players’ salaries and even fail to pay some of the players while Absa Premiership side AmaZulu have also indicated their intentions to cut the players’ income.
Motale who played for ‘Ezenkosi’ during his career feels, all clubs who fail to honour their agreements with players, including his former club Cosmos, owe everybody an explanation.
“All teams are getting full grants so I don’t understand the logic of cutting players’ salaries while teams are getting full grants,” said Motale.
“Maybe somebody has to explain it why they cut salaries but what I would emphasise or support is for the players themselves to approach the clubs and suggest to volunteer their salaries themselves in order to help the needy.
“I hear people comparing our players with the likes of Lionel Messi and say Messi took a pay cut. Messi is earning R17 million a week and who is earning better than Sundowns players in our league? So let’s not compare apples and oranges but my worry remains that people who don’t pay full salaries need to explain to us,” he said.
So far players such as Themba Shabalala (Jomo Cosmos) and Djunga Munganga (TTM) have had the guts to come out and expose their respective clubs for failing to pay them their monies.
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By Ofhani Munyai