Hapless players retrenched by curator
Seven football players have been left stranded in Cape Town after they were retrenched when their club, Fidentia Rangers, and the company that own the club, were placed under curatorship.
Fidentia Group, owners of National First Division side Fidentia Rangers, ran into financial problems recently, making it difficult for them to meet their financial obligations.
But the players have been hardest hit with the company failing to pay their salaries.
Sanele Majola, Saleh Amisi, Tumelo Tshabalala, Ali Swati, Sam Nzama, Warren Cunningham and Edson Minga were retrenched on Tuesday.
Head coach Ramadhan Nsanzurwimo and assistant Alan Chetty were also retrenched.
The retrenched group claims they did not receive a cent from the curators when they were retrenched from the Mvela Golden League sixth-placed team.
Tshabalala, who pays R1550 for his accommodation, said he was "trying hard" to raise money to return home to Soweto.
"I'm looking for a buyer for my DVD, couch, TV set and stand," Tshabalala said.
"Fortunately there was money in my bank account and the debit order for my accommodation for this month managed to go through on the 25th."
Nzama, who hails from Durban, said he had asked former teammate Lucky Hlela to pay for their accommodation.
"I share a flat with Lucky and I asked him to help me with payment. I will then deposit his money when I arrive home," said Nzama, who was preparing to leave for Durban yesterday.
Burundian Amisi, who stays with his wife and two children, forks out R3000 for accommodation.
"I thank God because I managed to save enough for the rent, but I don't know how I will go home.
"We were treated like dirt by these curators, but we will fight them through our union," Amisi said.
"All of us were still contracted to the team and I think we should have been paid when they retrenched us. We are all pulling hard."
Curator George Papadakis said "lack of enough funds forced them to effect" the retrenchments.
Andrew Dipela, the PSL general manager, said: "We were briefed about this matter today [yesterday] and the union [South African Players' Union] is engaging the club about this issue."
Cappy Matutoane, the union's national organiser, said they were taking the matter up with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.