The South African Football Players’ Union (Safpu) says that Bidvest Wits players needn’t feel threatened or intimidated, with the union to be making sure everything is done by the book and players are protected after the club was sold to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzhivhandila.
TTM announced on Saturday evening that they have completed a takeover deal and will move the team to Limpopo next season, subject to PSL approval.
A number of the players , and coach Gavin Hunt, have learned about all the developments through the media and Safpu president Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe has now revealed the union has written to the PSL to seek clarity.
‘With regard to the issues of Wits, we’ve written a letter to the league about all the clubs that are purported to be on sale,’ Gaoshubelwe told KickOff.com.
‘TTM, Real Kings, Bloemfontein Celtic, TS Galaxy, Wits and any other club that we are told will be sold, so we wrote to the league requesting clarity.
‘We received a response saying they have not received anything formal in writing for them to engage.
‘However, they promised us that the issues as they appear as we wrote them in terms of the clubs … whoever sells needs to … buyers and sellers going consent … would be taken to into consideration.
‘The outstanding payments owed to the players would be paid and all contracts of the players would be respected, we are guaranteed of that particular issue.
‘We have been in contact with the players, we are talking to them, they need not feel threatened or intimidated, we just need to make sure we do everything that is proper and right.
‘We are on top of this, we have addressed all the issues and we hope that all players’ contracts will be well taken care of.
‘This is a practice we’ve always spoken against, this is not the first time. When Mpumalanga Black Aces was sold to Cape Town City we experienced the same things – players’ contracts, those who had to be paid for their relocation fees and what not.
‘These are some of the challenges we need to confront but we are here to help the players and to work with them to see how best we can deal with it.’
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