SA Football Players’ Union (Safpu) have confirmed reports that Absa Premiership club AmaZulu have informed their employees there will be salary cuts this month.
“We need to engage with the players. We also know in terms of football and its revenue… You can argue it’s in broadcasting rights, grants are being paid. We want to talk to the club AmaZulu,” confirmed Sapfu president Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe during an interview with Marawa Sports Worldwide on Tuesday night.
“We as Safpu are happy to have this conversation and prove to them that there needs to be a cut due to income revenue. It’s important that AmaZulu are open to the players,” added Safpu.
In the letter to its employees AmaZulu general manager Lunga Sokhela, pictured above, claimed that, “I did make it clear in the last letter, that even though the club receives the PSL grant and has Spar as a sponsor, it still relies on other income streams and significant contribution from the owners of the club whose businesses have been severely affected by COVID-19.”
AmaZulu receive R2.5-million monthly from the Premier Soccer League and depending on their salary bill, it could be argued that this could be enough to still pay salaries in full.
For instance, on average R2.5-million could pay 40 employees R62 500 each and the club is not paying for travels, accommodation, etc since the League has been halted due to the Coronavirus outbreak.