Safety of the people first then money after –Mphahlele

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Baroka chairman Khurishi Mphahlele has reiterated the call for football or any other sporting activity to play again only when it is safe to do so.

It is the fourth week now without an official football match being played in the Premier Soccer League and remains uncertain when the 2019/2020 season would resume.

Mphahlele admits that the current situation has affected his club financially but emphasises that sporting bodies can not be worried about losing money at the expense of people.

“Yes financially we are suffering because we are part and parcel of this plane. Money is not everything what is important is the safety and the lives of our people and we don’t want to put money before our people, we say the people first then money after,” said Mphahlele.

“It is a challenge for all of us because our sponsors cannot give us the money when we are no providing the services… we rely on the sponsors. We are engaging with our sponsors and we will see how it goes but as I am speaking to you now we don’t have pressure but we don’t know what will happen in the coming months,” he said.

“On the issue of salaries it’s a private matter, I cannot say Baroka must cut the salaries and therefore everybody must cut the salaries because we don’t know how much they are paying their players. They might be able to pay their players, I might not be able to so it’s not a general issue which we can talk about it,” he added.

Mphahlele was speaking from Senwabarwana, Limpopo where the club alongside their main sponsors Global, Rheiland, Limpopo Department of Social Development as well as the Molemole Municipality donated food parcels to the local communities.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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