With just one week to go before a return to domestic action, the wheels could be coming off for one of the country’s biggest clubs.
The sale of Bidvest Wits has for the last few weeks been a done deal, with the players said to have already met new owner Masala Mulaudzi.
However, the Siya crew has learnt that the news was not welcomed with open arms by all, and according to Siya sources, some of Wits’ senior players have threatened to go on strike if they do not get answers.
Part of the problem, according to Siya sources, is the way the club was sold, how it was communicated to the players and the expectations from the club going forward.
While TTM have made it public knowledge they will not be able to hold onto the club’s high earners - including coach Gavin Hunt, another problem is the uncertain futures players face should they decide not to relocate with the new owners to Venda.
According to sources, senior players have requested to meet with Bidvest chairman Alan Fainman during the course of Monday to raise their concerns in hope of an amicable solution for both parties.
Contacted for comment, Wits COO Jonathan Schloss revealed that he has not heard anything on the matter from a management perspective.
"As management we have not heard anything and that is all we can say on the matter," Schloss said.
Meanwhile, a source close to proceedings at the club has weighed in on events that have led to the potential strike of players.
“The problem here is that between Bidvest Wits and TTM, the truth has not been told to the PSL who have already sanctioned the sale. There are players who have contracts for the new season and beyond and ultimately they want assurances on these contracts. TTM have made it public they cannot afford to pay players, which ultimately means that Bidvest Wits- who the players have contracts with- need to pay the players out in full. If players are willing to move to Venda and TTM cannot pay them, then they will find themselves in hot water with the DRC, FIFA and ultimately the Court of Arbitration of Sport.
"In addition to the players, there are also amounts outstanding to agents who have previously negotiated contracts in good faith and have to be paid,” the source said.
The Siya crew have been made aware that if a solution is not reached that is suitable to all players, the restart of the PSL could be in jeopardy from a Bidvest Wits point of view. The crew will keep you updated with proceedings in Braamfontein.
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