SA-Based Zimbabwean Soccer Stars Take Pay Cuts

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By Sports Reporter

WARRIORS player Talent Chawapiwa and Butholezwe Ncube have become the first Zimbabwean players plying their trade outside the country to have their salaries cut due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This comes after their South African club AmaZulu FC confirmed they would be cutting salaries of players and staff to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 enforced break that has seen all football action suspended.

Football in South Africa has been suspended indefinitely since mid-March following the imposition of the national lockdown and there are fears this could impact negatively on club finances.

Amazulu general manager, Lunga Sokhela was quoted in the South African media confirming that the club was in the process of finalising how the process would unfold with the Zimbabwean duo among those set to be affected.

“This is going to affect everybody – not just the players. We have to communicate with the guys and tell them where we are. Obviously, the idea is to try and minimise as much as possible the impact of this virus. The harsh reality is that we have been affected. We can’t run away from this unpleasant situation,” Sokhela said.

“We are trying to negotiate the best way we can in terms of payments. We will look at all the possible avenues.”

The PSL has not indicated any plans to cut club grants in the next few months, but AmaZulu have lamented that they were in a tight financial situation, even before the Covid-19 outbreak.

“The league and sponsors are our biggest income generators, they haven’t come to us and said, we going to drop this and that. But you know, most clubs don’t have sponsors, they rely a lot on shareholders and their contributions to the club as well.

“If it happens that those get affected – as is the case here – whereby productivity and state of their companies are not in a healthy state, they will be affected. As you know, even our sugar industry was struggling and now you go and throw Corona in the mix, you are just rubbing salt to the wound,” Sokhela said.