Top players' agent Mike Makaab of the famed Prosport International has dismissed claims by the South African Football Players Union that he is ripping off soccer players as untruthful and uncorroborated.
"These are serious allegations levelled at me and I want to state categorically that there is no truth in what they are saying about me. These claims are unsubstantiated," said Makaab yesterday.
He was responding to accusations from Safpu that he cheated players out of substantial amounts of money by signing employment contracts without their knowledge.
Elvis Sekgobela, Safpu media liaison officer, yesterday said some of the affected players were Lamontville Golden Arrows forward Richard Henyekane, the AmaZulu duo of goalkeeper Kakonje Kalililo and defender Sanele Majola, and Thanda Royal Zulu defender Japie Motale.
Safpu also claimed Makaab had taken a number of players to the Premier Soccer League's dispute resolution chamber for what he termed a breach of contract. Makaab claims the players signed employment contracts without his knowledge.
"What is most nonsensical and embarrassing is that Makaab is claiming 20 percent from the players' signing-on fees even though he did not help them to find employment.
"Safpu believes that football players should not be used as gold diggers [mines] by agents, especially by Makaab. This greediness by Makaab is a reflection of an imbedded immoral and capitalist-orientated accumulation logic, which is dominant in our football," the union said.
"It is our contention as Safpu that as long as our football players are still being subjected to apartheid monkey salaries, the players' agents will continue manipulating them," added Safpu.