The SA Football Association (Safa) stands accused of reneging on pay promises made to players who represented the country in the recent Africa Futsal Cup of Nations held in Johannesburg this month.
The father of one of the players said each of them was promised R750 pay for every day in camp, but that they were told after the tournament ended they would only get R200 per day. He said the team was in camp for 45 days, which meant each player would have pocketed R33 750, but now would only get R9 000.
“They were not given any contracts to sign before the tournament. There was a verbal agreement that they would be paid R750 per day. “We were all so happy with that and we overlooked that the promise was not in writing. But now Safa have reneged on their promise,” said the concerned parent, who asked not to be named to protect his son.
“They also demanded they bring back the kit they used during the tournament, which is unheard of considering it was a tournament and the branding is there on their jerseys. “Now these boys will not have anything to show they were part of the team that played in the tournament.
“They were told to leave everything, including the tights they wear underneath the shorts. That sounds ridiculous because that is like underwear,” he said.
The South African team did not progress past the group stages, winning one game and losing two to end up with three points in Group A. They lost 7-4 to Mozambique in the opening game on April 15 and won 3-0 against Zambia two days later before getting a 7-1 thrashing from Tunisia in their final group match.
Safa spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi said it was normal procedure to take kit back and that even the senior men’s team’s players did not take them home after games and tournaments. “Did they show you documentation showing how much they had been promised?
They could have been promised R200 and come to you and claim to have been promised R20 000. “This is worrying because it shows the player who told you this was not in the team for the right reasons, but was there for the money. That is why the team performed so badly,” said Chimhavi.