Moroka Swallows midfielder Lindokuhle Mtshali is one of many players left in limbo with his situation at the Dube Birds.
According to the iDiski Times sources, Mtshali and the rest of the Birds players don’t know what is next for them, as they have not returned to training to prepare for the resumption of the DStv Premiership next month after the African Cup of Nations.
Mtshali and his fellow teammates, according to this publication, have still not been paid since November and the midfielder did not even go home during the festive period because he was left dry.
“Nothing is happening, and the player is asking questions because nothing has been communicated with the players,” said the source.
“Lindo is not training with Swallows and doesn’t even know when he is going back to training.”
Swallows could not fulfill the two matches in December last year against Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows, respectively due a standoff between the players and management.
The players took a decision that they would not play those matches until they were paid their salaries before Christmas, while in their contract it was agreed they would get paid at month end.
They came close to not playing the SuperSport United game prior, with coach Steve Komphela confirming that they didn’t train for 10 days before the match. They then held a standoff by not turning up against Sundowns and Arrows games.
The PSL has since fined Swallows a monetary of R1 million for failing to honor these matches, bringing the league, fans, sponsors, and broadcasters into disrepute.
PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu, who charged the club, also confirmed Swallows will forfeit the points from those matches with a 3-0 scoreline to their opponents, and the club received an effective R400 000 fine, with R600 000 of the R1 million suspended for two years.
Swallows were warned that a future transgression of the same nature could see them face expulsion from the league.
The Dube Birds, having learned their fate, instituted their own players’ DC, which was concluded this week, but the verdict has not been borne out yet.
But Swallows chairman David Mogashoa said he can’t pay players in December because he had to calculate the 10-stay away period along with the PSL fine before he could pay the players.
It appears he has not concluded any. Since the Soweto giants are at this impasse, they have let go of Kagiso Malinga who has since been signed by Arrows, Mtshali’s former club.
“The DC I think was concluded on Tuesday, but the decision has not been made,” added the source.
“The players are demoralized as they don’t know if they have a future with Swallows or what is going on. It’s painful.”
Mtshali, who was given jersey number 10 before this season started by Swallows, is rumored to be wanted by a few clubs in Durban.
“Please speak to the club,” said Mtshali when this website called him.
The 25-year-old, who is a youth product of Orlando Pirates, will forever be remembered for downing Marumo Gallants in the last game of last season, scoring twice at Dobsonville Stadium, which effectively relegated the Limpopo side to the Motsepe Foundation Championship.
Story by Robin-Duke Madlala (@duke_robin).