Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
2 minute read
28 Apr 2016
11:47 am

Safa accused of pay about-turn

Sibongiseni Gumbi

The SA Football Association (Safa) stands accused of reneging on pay promises made to players who represented the country in the recent Caf Africa Futsal Cup of Nations held in Johannesburg in April.

Wiseman Cele of South Africa celebrates his goal with his teammates during the 2016 Futsal African Cup of Nations match between South Africa and Zambia at the Ellis Park Stadium. (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

The father of one of the players said each of them were promised R750 pay for every day in camp, but were told after the tournament had ended that they would be paid R200 per day. He said the players were in camp for 45 days, which meant they 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 written down. But now Safa have regressed on their promise,” said a father of one of the players who were in the team who asked not to be named to protect his son.

“They let the players go without getting all the paperwork done. And now some who live outside Johannesburg have to travel back to sign the contracts and give their banking details for payments.

“They also demanded that they bring back the kits 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 that 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 team failed to 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 spokesman, Dominic Chimhavi, said it is normal procedure to take back the kits and even the senior men’s team’s players do 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.

“And this is worrying because it shows that 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.