With under a week left to football resuming in the country, senior players at Bidvest Wits could go on strike over the failure to provide adequate answers over the club’s sale, according to reports.
The sale of Wits to TTM was made official a few weeks ago and now – with the Clever Boys back in training ahead of the restart – there have reportedly been meetings with new owner Masala Mulaudzi.
Despite these meetings, though, senior players at the club are willing to go on strike if they do not receive the answers they are looking for, SoccerLaduma reports.
Laduma sources say that the sale of the club was done in the dark of night with no expectations or plans shared with any of the players.
TTM had already confirmed in the media that they will not hold on to the top earners in the club, including coach Gavin Hunt. Meanwhile, the players are also facing major uncertainty around retainment and relocation with the club to Venda and which players will be released or sold.
Contacted by Laduma for comment, Wits COO Jonathan Schloss said he has not heard anything on the matter from a management perspective.
‘As management we have not heard anything and that is all we can say on the matter,’ Schloss said.
Meanwhile, a source close to proceedings at the club has weighed in on events that have led to the potential strike of players.
‘The problem here is that between Bidvest Wits and TTM, the truth has not been told to the PSL who has already sanctioned the sale. There are players who have contracts for the new season and beyond and ultimately they want assurances on these contracts. TTM have made it public they cannot afford to pay players, which ultimately means that Bidvest Wits – who the players have contracts with – need to pay the players out in full. If players are willing to move to Venda and TTM cannot pay them, then they will find themselves in hot water with the DRC, Fifa and ultimately the Court of Arbitration of Sport.
‘In addition to the players, there are also amounts outstanding to agents who have previously negotiated contracts in good faith and have to be paid,’ the source said.
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