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

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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.

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