While some PSL clubs are failing to honour their contractual obligations of paying players and staff their full salaries, GladAfrica Championship side TS Sporting insist as long as they continue to receive their monthly grant they have no reason to cut salaries.
So far AmaZulu and Real Kings have officially informed their employees that their salaries will be short of their normal income for April, with kings going as far as cutting the wages by 60%.
TS Sporting football manager Vusi Ntimane tells FARPost that the Mbombela club, just like any club, have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but will continue to honour the players’ contracts.
“We are all affected by COVID-19 and the national Lockdown has hit the pockets for everyone but as long as we still get the grant from PSL we will continue to pay full salaries,” said Ntimane.
“As TS Sporting we can confirm that we have paid our players full salaries for March and April, thanks for the leadership of Dr. Irvin Khoza and the PSL BOG for the work done. As of now we are able to get the grant monthly and use it to pay salaries from drivers, kit managers, players and staff,” he said.
‘Abantu Bemthetho’ are one of the few clubs in the second tier who have their own club village where they also use it as their training base.
Formed only four years ago, TS Sporting were promoted to the GladAfrica Championship in 2018.
“We also want to take this time to thank our essential services workers (doctors, nurses, police and traffic cops) for doing their job in this time of need. This shall pass we will overcome this Pandemic. If we follow instructions from leaders in government together we will win this war,” added Ntimane.
Prior to the National Lockdown and the temporary suspension of the League, Sporting were 4th from bottom with 7 matches remaining.
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By Ofhani Munyai.