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Two Motsepe Foundation clubs fail to pay salaries

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Two Motsepe Foundation Championship sides are yet to pay April salaries, almost a week into the month of May. 

With just two games left before the end of the season, SN24 has established that Pretoria Callies and All Stars are yet to pay players.

On Thursday, both clubs did not hold training sessions, with players saying they were unable to 

At All Stars, some of the players were at their training ground in Johannesburg, but they never kicked a ball in protest. 

NOONE HAS COMMUNICATED

“The sad thing is that management has not said a word to us. We don’t even have an idea what is happening. No one has communicated with us on what the cause of the delay is,” an All Stars player said.

The club switched base to Johannesburg at the start of the season after spending years in Cape Town. 

According to management, the decision was made to cut costs. Having their base in the Mother City would have meant a lot of travelling since there were six clubs from Limpopo in the second tier.

The club’s financial struggles are well documented, though, with efforts being made to sell their status.

Indications are that the club rejected an R9 million offer to sell its status after it was confirmed that the club is up for sale.

According to a club insider, the chairman Lunga Ncwana is holding out for R16 million, with Milano United and Black Leopards rumoured to be interested.

All stars vs Callies

A Callies player also revealed that they were given an off day on Thursday with salaries yet to be paid. 

Callies have a date with JDR on Saturday, 7 May, at the TUT Stadium, and it remains to be seen whether management will be able to convince players to fulfil the fixture.

“The club asked for our bank statements on the 25th, and we all provided them. Until now, we’re still unpaid.

“This is not the first time we had the same issues last year. The sad part is that no one communicates with us on any of these things,” said a player. 

REMAINING MOTSEPE FOUNDATION FIXTURES

They travel to Polokwane next weekend to close the season with a tie against Polokwane City.

The Kwanele Kopo-coached side are eighth on the table with 36 points from 28 games. They have won nine, drew nine and lost 10.

READ :Motsepe Foundation Championship turns into three-horse race for promotion 

All Stars are fifth with 44 points of 11 wins, 11 draws and six losses. 

All Stars coach Sinethemba Badela was given this season to rebuild the team to challenge for promotion next season. 

They punched above their weight, reaching the round of 32 of the Nedbank Cup, where Orlando Pirates eliminated them.

All Stars have two remaining fixtures, facing already-relegated Black Leopards this weekend. Thereafter, they face title contenders Casric Stars.

Efforts to contact the club’s manager Zuki Simelukane were fruitless as her phone was unreachable.

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