In the wake of serious problems relating to monies allegedly being owed by two chairmen, Samuel ‘Max’ Tshabalala and Sinky Mnisi, to about fifty Roses United players, questions are being asked as to why the PSL has “allowed” such confusion and mayhem to cloud the image of the NFD.
For the past few seasons a club such as FC AK was constantly in the news for all the wrong reasons with regular salary problems, but now the SA Players’ Union (SAFPU) is calling for the PSL to take a more decisive role during the sale/purchase of second-tier outfits.
“One of the things that we’re proposing is the question of financial fair play,” SAFPU Deputy General Secretary, Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe told the Siya crew. “If a club changes hands, the PSL should be allowed to hold onto the money until the entire deal has been done.
The sale should be approved on that basis. We should be copying Europe with proper administration.
“You’d expect the PSL to say, ‘OK, you can go this far but no further.’ They need to protect their brand more than anything else by ensuring that clubs do the right thing, and when teams have financial problems, the leadership must intervene.”
When Soccer-Laduma contacted the PSL for comment on why they are not more involved when NFD teams change owners and whether they were considering a new approach, it was discovered that they are surrounded by red tape.
PSL CEO, Brand de Villiers, said in a brief statement to Soccer-Laduma,“The PSL is guided by Article 30 of the Constitution which clearly defines the process to be followed in this regard, and there have been no discussions to change Article 30 of the Constitution.”
This is bad news for the SAFPU, but good news for those soccer bosses who continue to ruin the sport by manipulating and promising player’s things they cannot fulfil.
Gaoshubelwe went on to reveal, “The sad thing is that history is repeating itself. Players went on strike at FC AK but the club was allowed to sign an additional lot on top of those still owed money. I’m hoping Roses stays up otherwise we’ll be in the same situation, where despite winning their cases, players lost lots and lots of money.”