Sasol teams demand payments from Safa

2012-06-16 19:11

SA Football Association (Safa) Sasol women soccer clubs are up in arms over unpaid grants.

The clubs claim they have yet to receive their allowances for the season, which started in September last year.

Mpumalanga’s Citizen FC owner, Vusi Mabizela, told City Press that no grants had been paid and owners were running clubs out of their own pockets.

The clubs normally receive a R20 000 annual grant. Safa received sponsorship worth ­­R13 million from Sasol in 2009.

The allowances is used to cover expenses such as transport, food, referees’ travel expenses and other logistics.

Each team is required to pay R250 every week for referees’ travel allowance and if a club fails to honour a match, the home team has to fork out R500.

At the beginning of the season, the league was nearly hit by protests because clubs claimed the money was too little to cover all costs.

The dispute resulted in the postponement of fixtures, with the league resuming weeks after the scheduled start.

“The state of women’s (soccer) is really appalling and disgusting. The league is not publicised compared with others, and this is the highest league. The way it is run, it’s like Safa is running a school league,” Mabizela said.

“We are yet to receive grants that we were supposed to have got before the season started and towards the end. The league involves a lot of travelling.”

Mabizela said last month’s Mpumalanga provincial play-offs turned into a damp squib as some teams didn’t honour the fixtures because of financial constraints.

Another owner from the Free State also confirmed that the grants had not been paid.

“We have given up on Safa. We have not received payments this season. There is no clear explanation from Safa. We decided to stop calling and inquire about the money because it’s always excuses,” he said.

Outspoken Skukuza Brazilian Ladies owner Lemmy Mogale also revealed that they had not been furnished with playing kits.

“We haven’t received our second kit for the away games. We are still waiting for the grants to be paid. I have also checked with other teams. I’ve been told that the money has not been paid,” he said.

The news casts doubts on whether Sasol will renew its sponsorship, which is due for review in July.

Safa head of communications Dominic Chimhavi said all clubs have been paid their dues.

“Some might have delayed receiving their grants which is normal with any electronic transfer but the truth is we have proof that all have now received their payments and have confirmed it,” added Chimhavi.


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