Uncertain future for players
The end of the season tends to result in an increase of unemployment among players for various reasons, ranging from end of contracts to termination, writes Timothy Molobi
From gracing our small screens every weekend to kicking their heels and possibly disappearing off the radar, this is the life of a footballer as most face a bleak future.
Spare a thought for some professional players who will have a restless break as they strive to find employment elsewhere after parting ways with their current employers.
With most contracts ending at the end of this month, a lot of players could find themselves walking the streets if they don’t get new employment.
They will have to go to any length to beg, prove their fitness and talent, risk being taken for a ride and have their previous salaries sliced. They will be desperate for employment as they do not know where their next salary will come from.
Unfortunately, the unemployment queue is not getting shorter as some players from the previous season are still waiting for job offers.
But some could get lucky as they might get snapped up quickly after being available on the market for free, while others might find it difficult to find employment.
Most are leaving their clubs because they are deemed surplus to requirements as they have not done enough to ensure their stay.
From former Bafana Bafana players – Morgan Gould and Siboniso Gaxa – to little-known players, the list is surely going to swell as more clubs take stock of the just-concluded season and map the way forward.
This week Kaizer Chiefs released a list of 20 players whose contracts are either not going to be renewed or are going to be released from their agreements.
The list includes Gould and Gaxa, who are both in their thirties and might find it difficult to attract interest. But their experience might come to their rescue as other clubs could do with them.
However, they might have to make do with salary cuts from what they were earning at Amakhosi.
But Chiefs are not the only side with a massive clearance sale as other clubs have also released players for various reasons.
Two players – Mark Mayambela and Tshidiso Tukane – find themselves on the list of players seeking employment because of their misdemeanours.
They were shown the door by SuperSport and Mpumalanga Black Aces, respectively, following off-thefield shenanigans.
After parting ways with Platinum Stars, Masibusane Zongo was the lucky one, as he has already found employment at National First Division side Royal Eagles.
Letladi Madubanya has decided to pack his bags and leave Platinum Stars, saying he is looking for new adventures.
You have got to feel for Mpumalanga Black Aces players who are not sure of their future after the club was sold to John Comitis, who has already indicated he might relocate it to Cape Town.
Players are not the only ones facing an uncertain future, as some coaches are in the same boat.
Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler’s future will be decided in the next fortnight or so.
The club is reviewing the past season.
Júlio César Leal, whose contract with Polokwane City ended at the end of last month, has not heard from the club about his future.