NATIONAL First Division clubs will have to make do with their R150000 monthly grant for another season.
Premier Soccer League chief executive Kjetil Siem confirmed to Sowetan this week that there would be no changes to the grant, paid to all teams in the two-stream First Division, next season.
Siem said it would be difficult for the PSL to increase the grant without a sponsor for the league.
The grant for First Division clubs is a far cry from that given to their Absa Premiership counterparts, who pocket a cool R1million each month.
The news that the First Division grants will remain unchanged will be a bitter pill for club owners in the lower league to swallow.
Some of the clubs are struggling to pay their players because they do get enough from the league.
The SA Football Players Union has been having running battles with club owners who have not been paying their players and it looks like they should brace themselves for further disputes.
Sowetan spoke to some of the club owners yesterday. They admitted the R150000 was not enough.
Thanda Royal Zulu owner Pierre Delvaux warned that the lack of adequate grants could encourage corruption in the First Division.
"Teams will be tempted to bribe match officials to win games to gain promotion to the Premiership," Delvaux said.
Witbank Spurs owner Themba Mafu said: "We spend R350000 for players' salaries and bonuses a month and a further R40000 for operational costs.
"So it is very difficult for us to run the club with what we are currently getting from the PSL."
United FC boss Amos Mahlamba said: "Really, we can't survive with the R150000."
Apart from the grant, the PSL pays for accommodation for teams on the night before a match.
It also covers travelling costs for single trips further than 200km.
Siem advised club officials not to overspend to avoid financial problems.