Celtic Strike Resolved For Now, Supporters Demand Answers
Bloemfontein Celtic Players Dispute With Management Confirmed
Bloemfontein Celtic have confirmed paying their players their signing-on fees after the players went on strike last week.
The Siya crew has been informed by various sources close to the Mangaung club that Celtic players went on strike last week, allegedly demanding to be paid their signing-on fees by club management.
The incident is believed to have taken place on Saturday at Bloemfontein’s Siwelele Park training ground, ahead of Sunday’s match for the team.
Siwelele players went on to play and won their Nedbank Cup Last 16 match against Richards Bay FC.
Sources inside the Siwelele camp have confirmed that players have been displeased with some of the promises allegedly not honoured by the club.
“The players were tired of the promises that were not honoured by the club and the chairman (Max Tshabalala). It’s a big problem. It’s like the players have to beg to be paid. The problem is that the chairman likes to send people to address issues with the players, instead of coming himself to explain what is going on. I can’t even remember the last time we had a meeting with him,” said the source.
“The players went on strike last week to complain about the monies owed from their signing-on fees. I hear now that the guys are being paid because they went on strike. I don’t understand why players have to go that route in order to be paid,” added the source.
Celtic’s Managing Director, Rali Ramabodu, has since explained the ‘misunderstanding’ about the signing-on fees.
“It is absolutely paramount to start by genuinely apologising to (the) PSL, sponsors, our own supporters and soccer fanatics in general about our player’s behaviour during the supposed training this morning. Yes, indeed, they denied to train, waiting for their monies to reflect into their bank accounts. It was duly agreed between us and them that by this Friday (9, March, 2018), Their monies will be paid and unfortunately because of various banks used by the individuals, the money did not reflect by the time of training, however, some have now confirmed receiving payments,” Ramabodu has been quoted as saying on Celtic’s official website.
“I was called to address the players at training and somehow agreed with the technical team not to force them train whilst the mood was down also respecting their views as professionals. Yes, we cordially spoke hence some are now confirming receiving the money. Once again our profound apologies to various stakeholders and promise not to have this kind of confusion again,” said the official.