Sundowns, union in clash over player

2014-08-03 15:00

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The SA Football Players’ Union (Safpu) has accused Mamelodi Sundowns of double standards.

The two bodies are fighting it out at the PSL’s dispute resolution chamber over the services of defender Walter Maponyane.

While Sundowns want to exercise their option to extend the defender’s contract, the union says the club does not have the player’s interests at heart, It wants the club to clear him to play for a team of his choice.

This has resulted in the player being in limbo as he does not know where to move to next. Maponyane spent last ­season on loan at Chippa United in the National First Division.

Safpu general secretary Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe said the union took the matter to the chamber to force the Brazilians to ­release the player from his contract. The matter was heard last week and was postponed to Wednesday.

Gaoshubelwe said it was clear the player did not feature in Downs’ plans, and was surprised that they wanted to ­extend his contract.

“We are fighting on the grounds of a just cause, as stipulated by Fifa regulations (see box). We gathered that Sundowns want to extend his contract so they can make money by selling him, not to play him,” said ­Gaoshubelwe.

He said the player was wanted by Polokwane City, as well as Chippa.

“Sundowns cannot say they have the player’s interests at heart.

“For them, it is all about making money out of him and this is unacceptable.

“We are going to fight them until justice is done,” he said.

Sundowns spokesperson Kabelo Mosito said he was not aware of the case and that he could not comment on something he did not know about.

Two weeks ago, he promised to check with the club’s management ­before commenting, but had failed to do so by the time of going to press.

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