bafana back down

SANITY has finally prevailed in the Bafana Bafana camp after the 23 players selected for the Confederations Cup suspended their threats to boycott the tournament.

SANITY has finally prevailed in the Bafana Bafana camp after the 23 players selected for the Confederations Cup suspended their threats to boycott the tournament.

A task committee representing the players had held a series of meetings with team manager Sipho Nkumane in Parktown late yesterday.

The players' representatives are Aaron Mokoena, Benson Mhlongo, MacBeth Sibaya, Matthew Booth and Steven Pienaar.

The players were last night expected to sign Safa contracts after agreeing on a R90000 bonus for each win.

Initially, the players were demanding R180000 each for a win. They will be paid R45000 each for a draw.

Safa also rejected their demand of R75000 for each player for a loss.

The players had also wanted a R250000 appearance fee for each player.

The players agreed to Safa's contracts and after insisting that the federation must include an insurance cover for injuries.

"I had a meeting with the players and they all agreed to sign the contracts after requesting one or two amendments," said Nkumane last night.

The players shocked Safa on Monday when they demanded a total of R34million incentives for winning the "Festival of Champions".

At that time the players were countering a R14million offer from Safa if they win the tournament.

The R14million offer is over and above the R850 daily allowance given to each player by Safa. The federation also buys food and soft drinks for the players daily.

Safa previously paid each player R60000 for a win.

Safa are hopeful Bafana Bafana will not repeat their last-minute tricks that could disrupt their opening match against Iraq on Sunday.

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