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Players' union enters fray and warns Safa to deal with it first before Bafana players sign contracts for Africa Cup of Nations showpiece

By unknown | Dec 31, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Motloung

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The South African Football Players Union (Safpu) has warned Safa to engage the union before Bafana Bafana players signed contracts for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Bafana will take part in this biennial continental event in Ghana from January 26 until mid February.

Safa has given the players offers to sign when accepting their call-ups for the tournament. They have been promised R500000 per player should they win the event.

Safpu national organiser Cappy Matutuane said they had been approached by players who were confused about the contracts and needed advice from the union.

"The players did not understand the contents of the contracts hence they approached us for assistance.

"They are not necessarily complaining about the contracts, but they want to know from Safpu if it is advisable to sign them.

"We've said in the past that as far as contracts were concerned, Safa is supposed to contact Safpu, which represents the players. That way it would be easy to explain to our members and to advise them properly.

"We have been having these problems every time Bafana Bafana engage in tournaments and we would like to eradicate them. We hope to resolve the matter once and for all," said Matutuane.

He said they were also appealing to Safa president Molefi Oliphant to intervene.

"We believe Oliphant should avail himself. He is the person who can iron out these issues before the team goes into camp on January 5."

Mandla "Shoes" Mazibuko, Bafana Bafana's head of delegation, said: "We gave the players ample time to engage whoever they wished if they did not understand or were not happy with the contracts.

"If a player has a problem regarding the contract, we have a legal committee, and a number of officials are accessible to assist any person who does not understand.

"Safpu must understand that Safa is a federation and they have to deal directly with the Premiership and not with Safa."

Some of the players told Sowetan they would address the contracts issue when they arrived for camp in Durban on Saturday.


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