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Former AmaZulu Manager – Enforce Salary Caps To Avoid Swallows Mess

Former AmaZulu general manager Lunga Sokhela has urged the PSL to enforce a salary cap to avoid the debacle Moroka Swallows find themselves in. 

Swallows could not honour their league match against log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns due to non-payment of players, releasing a statement only three hours before the game was supposed to start. 

The Dube Birds also did not honour their match against Lamontville Golden Arrows on 30 December before the season took a break for the Africa Cup of Nations.  

Swallows apologised to the league, adding that the “process of finding one another will soon be found”, while stating “that no further details will be officially given until an update from the club is issued”.

Swallows coach Steve Komphela also confirmed that the players came close to not honoring their match against SuperSport United a few weeks ago, adding that they didn’t train for 10 days prior.  

Sokhela, who Sandile Zungu bought him out to take over Usuthu affairs in October 2020, brought back a series of messages he wrote on Twitter, now known as X, that the PSL should apply a salary cap because salaries paid by SA teams are crippling clubs.  

According to iDiski Times sources, Swallows have been operating on artificial spending, with a source saying they paid six times more to Kamohelo Mahlatsi when they signed him from SuperSport United. But when the opportunity came to let him go to Kaizer Chiefs, they jumped at it because they acknowledged to have made a mistake.       

 “What we need, as a football nation, is a 15-year plan to compete. Simple,” said Sokhela, who had his bite-off rounds with the PSL bosses in the past.  

“If we have players who can’t survive in Europe because SA is paying exorbitant salaries, then we are dead. Implement salary caps and tell the guys – ‘if you want to earn more money, go to Europe’.  

“South Africa Football Players Union (SAFPU) wants to negotiate minimum wage, no problem. At the same meeting, salary caps must also be negotiated for all PSL players, agents, and coaches.”  

He said enforcing a salary cap will have enormous benefits – motivating SA players to go abroad because they will not get the salary they want locally and that will make Bafana Bafana stronger.  

“I’ve always said Bafana needs two things; our clubs doing well in CAF competitions and more players playing in the best leagues,” he added. 

“The next step is pushing players to go abroad – enforce salary caps and we will quickly see that happening.”     

Swallows, who will no longer play matches before the second half starts in February 2024 after the AFCON, are positioned ninth with 19 points after 14 matches.

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