The KwaZulu-Natal department of transport has denied rumours that they will be paying Orlando Pirates and Jomo Cosmos an appearance fee of R100000 when the two sides meet in Durban on Sunday.
Rumours have been doing the rounds that the department was going to use the Buccaneers and Cosmos match, scheduled for King's Park Stadium, to continue with the promotion of their road safety campaigns, especially as many tourists are expected to flock to KwaZulu-Natal for the long weekend.
Ezenkosi boss Jomo Sono yesterday also denied that they were going to be paid any money for the game.
"There is no truth in that. How I wish they could do that, but no, we are not receiving anything from anybody," he said.
The two teams will descend on the province just a few weeks after fellow Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs played Bloemfontein Celtic at the same venue.
Chiefs were also reportedly paid R100000 for coming to the coast and partnering the provincial department of transport in their road safety campaigns.
They held roadshows in the city, where they handed out pamphlets to pedestrians and motorists.
But the department, through its communications spokesman Kwazi Mbatha, denied paying Chiefs any money.
They said it was actually Amakhosi who approached them as they had already started the campaign, working with local teams like AmaZulu, Golden Arrows and Maritzburg United.
Mbatha said they don't have that kind of money to pay teams whenever they come to Durban.
"I did not even know that they will be playing here.
"That's news to us and so is the rumour about us paying Chiefs R100 000. That is not true," said Mbatha.